About: Rachel Wolfe lives in Norway and works internationally public and private art projects. Her work reflects on the resonance of places, and the ways humans relate with nature. She studies nuances in the elements, often using water, terrain, texture, and movement to convey sensed qualities. Aesthetically meditative, her images, installations and mixed-media works have won numerous prizes and artist residencies, including 1st place by the jury for her monolithic image and text, “Omniscient,” in the Imaging New Eurasia exhibition in Gwangju, South Korea. Her work is held in private and public collections. 



(Born 1984 Dixon, Illinois) I am a synesthete. Due to synesthesia, I see the world in many layers and colours. Sight may mingle with sound, taste with touch. My art expresses the ways I connect with nature and the world around me.


Moving to Norway and surviving auto-immune disease were catalysts in my work. These experiences gave me unique opportunities to study relationships between biology, physiology, psychology, and toxicology. The sciences created a foundation for my work as a movement and meditation instructor and for the patterns emerging over time in my art. I found scientific methods used in recording resonances and terrestrial movements to use in making my artwork. The structures of understanding in science gave me a sense of comfort about my perceptual experiences with synesthesia.


I take long walks to inform my decisions in the art I create. However, two immersions in landscape changed my approach to art; a swim in Ånøya, a black bottomed lake, and the sapphire twilight in Lofoten. These experiences moved me to create art more directly felt with the body. While I still make visual art, my relationship with nature landscapes through synesthesia are focused in utilising performance and textile practices. I work to share my reverence for nature, by bringing forth the senses of a place. A complete story is available by clicking this text.



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Solo Exhibitions.

2019 Mouvement, Photography, Akers Mek, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway

2019 A Stream Body Formed, Torso Kunstartikler, Oslo, Norway

2019 Magenta Minds & Amber Hearts, Trance& Bernt Ankers Gate 31, Oslo, Norway

2018 Mouvement, Photography, Oslo Art and Fashion Festival, Vérité, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway

2018 Et Dypt Nett, Installation, Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Smelteverksted, Vulkan, Oslo, Norway

2018 Vesper Monumenter, Sculpture and Video Installation, Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Nordre Aker, Oslo, Norway

2017 Memoria Technika Photography, Stop Bath Video, Oslo Fashion & Art Festival, Lekter’n, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway

2017 Teknovisuell Experience, Installation, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, United States

2015 Image Architecture, Installation, Otis Studios, Los Angeles, California, United States

2015 Making Sense, Installation, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States

2010 Not Even But Almost, Photography, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, Illinois, United States



Group Exhibitions.

2020 Kvinnekroppen, Arteriet, Kristiansand, Norway

2019 Heat Wave, The Print Atelier @Artsy.net

2019 Solfége Souche, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gyeonggi-do, Korea 

2019 Feel the Burn, Pøst Kamikazee Edition, MIM gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States

2019 Art-It, Trance& Bernt Ankers Gate 31, Oslo, Norway

2019 Damocles, Sculpture, Elemental Kate Exhibition, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield, UK 

2019 Oslo Open, Fotogalleriet Atelier, Oslo, Norway

2019 Les Voyagers, Nout Art Gallery, 12A Marrashly St. Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

2019 Solfége Souche, Palazzo Michiel, Strada Nova, Venezia, Italy

2018 Photographs from Surreal Landscapes, Tid (time) CYAN Jubiliem, CYAN Studio, Oslo, Norway

2018 PaintingsFinnskogutstillingen, Grue Finnskog, Norway

2018 Wave, Photograph, Benefit Auction, Rockford University, Rockford, Illinois, United States

2017 Paintings and Photography, PopUp Exhibition, Majorstuen, Oslo, Norway

2017 Ex Nihilo, La Macina Di San Cresci, Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italy

2017 Limerence, Paintings and Performance, Olaf Reyes Plass 2, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway

2017 9Worlds of Image and Light, Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Smelteverksted, Vulkan, Oslo, Norway

2017 PraksisOslo Kulturnatt, Rådhusgata 19, Oslo, Norway

2016 30seconds of Lake Michigan, Now Trending at Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, California, United States

2016 Omniscient, Here, There, and Everywhere: Eurasian Cities, Asia Culture Center, ACC Creation, in Gwangju, South Korea

2015 On The Roof, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States

2014 Variations of a Whole, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States

2014 PhotoLA, LA Mart, Los Angeles, California, United States

2013 DC Fotoweek, Washington DC, United States

2013 Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, United States

2012 2Rules Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

2012 My Own Wilderness, Exhibition & Publication organized by Christopher Paquette

2011 Not Even But Almost, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States

2011 Not Even But Almost, Photography screening- digital projection of images, Bristol, UK

2011 Life Support Japan, Wall-Space Gallery, California, United States

2011 Contemporary Portraits by women photographers, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, Illinois, United States

2010 90,000 Miles on I-90 book included in CCNY Exhibition, New York, New York, United States

2010 Slideluck Potshow IV, Chicago, Illinois, United States

2010 Illustrated drawing, Johalla Projects Gallery, 50 Alderman/50 Artists, Chicago, Illinois, United States

2010 Photographs from Jamaica, LiveBooks Impact Exhibition, Online

2009 Slideluck Potshow III, Chicago, Illinois, United States

2009 Docks photograph, CreateHere Gallery, Chatanooga, Tennessee, United States

2008 Contemporary Photographs of Chicago, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, Illinois, United States

2000 Depths of Imagination Mixed-Media, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois, United States

1999 The Field’s Project, land design and field sculpture, viewable by air, Oregon, Illinois, United States



Awards and Residencies.

2020 Bi-Monthly Semi-Finalist, Dumbo Film Festival | NYC, United States

2019 UKS/PNEK Residency | Oslo, Norway

2019 Atelier Nord Prosjektrom | Oslo, Norway

2019 Ello Getty Images Selected Artist | California, United States

2019 Angelot Trélex Residency | Chéserex, Switzerland

2018 Mushimaru Fujieda Butoh Scholarship, KHiO | Oslo, Norway

2018, 2017 ND Photo Awards, Honourable Mention

2017 PRAKSIS Residency: A Global State of Pareidolia | Oslo, Norway

2017 The Past and the Curious, Praxisfestivalen, DansensHus | Oslo, Norway

2015 Juried 1st Place, Here, There, and Everywhere: Eurasian Cities, Asia Culture Center | Gwangju, South Korea

2015 Woelffer Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design | Los Angeles, United States

2014 Academic Merit Award, Otis College of Art and Design | Los Angeles, United States

2013 Academic Scholarship, Social Psychology, Ehime University | Matsuyama, Japan

2010 Historic Pathways Photography Award | Indiana University, United States

2003 Pi Sigma Pi, Illinois Academic Honour Society in History | Byron, United States




2018 Movement Workshop | Blank Space Gallery, Oslo, Norway

2017 Body Architecture | Barnas Open House, Sentralen, Oslo, Norway

2013 – 2015  Graduate Teaching Assistant | Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

2011 – 2013 Yoga/Movement Instructor | Greater Chicagoland Area



Artist Talks.

2020 AWMAS Affordance (a fjord dance) Exhibition | Corwin Pavilion, University of California, Santa Barbara

2014 Subtle Energy & Colour: Bodily Perception & Visual Stimulation | Otis Studios, Culver City, California

2013 The Personal & Universal: Social Media & Photography | Walker Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin




2020 Frame Story

2020 Textures & Movements

2014 Bound by WaterSpread

2012 Espla

2010 90,000 miles on I-90



Media & Press.

Artsy Profile, & Feature | GettyImages @rachelwolfe | EyeEm @rachelwolfe | Instagram @atelierwolfe | Facebook @atelierwolfe | Ello @atelierwolfe | The Wall Pick of the Month | Articulate Magazine | Hauste Magazine | Fletta Magazine  |  LHSA Member Spotlight, King Goya Travel Magazine |  Art Muzeo Magazine Issue 3Barbed Magazine Issue 5Art Photo IndexWater Poetry ProseHumble Arts FoundationLenscratch Feature: Bound By Water | Majestic Disorder Magazine | Cover VIA Publication 02 Issue, A New NothingThe Swap I II, III / Book Film Painting10-Q Interview, Hungry Ghost Collective |  E-PhotoReview, Fly Over Art |  Humble Arts Foundation | Lenscratch: BackyardMother’s Day | La Pura Vida- 90000 Miles on I-90 | Sweet Station | Fraction Magazine; Fine Line Magazine; Urbanautica; Lost At E MinorActual Colors May VaryFeature II | Chicago Magazine | New Landscape Photography | Landscape Stories 1, 23Beautiful/Decay Magazine 1, 2 | F-Stop Magazine 40, 35, 45 | BlackFlash Magazine | 1000 Words



Work Experience.

2016 – 2020 LensCulture | Art Photography Reviews | Online

2008 – 2019 Contractor: Photo and Video, Writing and editing, Graphic and Web Design, Events | International

2016 – 2017 Grad & Undergrad Admissions Counselor | Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

2012 – 2016 Photographer | 22nd Century Media, North Shore Chicago, Illinois

2012 – 2013 Gallery Manager and Events | College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

2012 – 2012 Gallery Assistant and Framer | ZIA Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois

2008 – 2010 Founder and Author of The Art of Advice | Chicago Now, a Tribune Co., Illinois

2009 – 2012 Copywriter | Creative Circle, Momentum Worldwide, Marketing Support Inc., Chicago, Illinois

2006 – 2009 Graphic Design and Print Production | Alphagraphics, Freelance, Chicago, Illinois

2004 – 2006 Library Assistant | Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, Illinois




2015 Master Fine Art, Otis College of Art and Design | Los Angeles, California, United States

2006 Bachelor Art, Advertising, Illinois Institute of Art | Schaumburg, Illinois, United States




2019 Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books | Online via Keio University, Japan

2018 Sino Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books | Online via Keio University

2018 Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move | Online via UiO

2018 Japanese Avant-Garde | Online via Keio University, Japan

2015 Norwegian Language, Rosenhof Voksenopplæring | Oslo Norway

2013 Social Psychology, Ehime University | Matsuyama-shi, Japan

2012 Darkroom & History of Photography, College of Lake Country | Grayslake, Illinois, United States

2011 – 2012 Yoga Certification, 200hour, Akasha Yoga Center | Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States

2003 – 2005 Interior Design, Illinois Institute of Art | Schaumburg, Illinois, United States

1993 – 2003 Classical Piano | Byron, Illinois, United States

1990 – 2003 Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop | Various studios in Ogle County, Illinois, United States