BIOGRAPHY & CV

Rachel Wolfe (b. 1984) creates sublime timescapes for exhibitions, videos, public installations, performances, and apparel. She works internationally, primarily between the USA and Nordics, with photography, video, design, writing on culture and art, education, and textiles.

 

Seeing the body as the generative force in cognition, her multidisciplinary practice engages in ways places make people through allegorical and sensory connections. Proprioception and biography informs the poetism in her work. As a descendant of Ellen Amman and Harriet Sundström, lineage appears as a motor connecting artistic research developments through residencies in Oslo (Norway), Angelot-Trélex (Switzerland), Kjerringøy Land Art (Norway). Her award-winning work engages in the aesthetic ethics of beauty, and is held in private and public collections, including monolithic image and text, Omniscient, awarded 1st by the jury in the Imaging New Eurasia exhibition, Gwangju (South Korea). Albumen Gallery (London) and The Print Atelier (Montréal) represent several of her photographic series.

 

Born and raised in the Midwestern United States, Rachel’s artistic training began in dance at 5, piano at 10, and voice at 12. She began studying philosophy, psychology, yoga and meditation, around 14 years of age. After completing high school early with honours and an independent study in fashion design, she studied interior architecture and completed a Bachelor in advertising. After working as a designer and copywriter, she worked at galleries while studying and working as a photographer for 22nd Century Media in the North Shore of Chicago. She became a YA certified yoga and meditation instructor in Crystal Lake, Illinois, studied social psychology in Matsuyama, Japan, and moved to Los Angeles, California, for graduate studies at Otis College of Art and Design. After completing a Master Fine Art, Rachel began working between the Nordics and the USA. She continued art and photography with public events and exhibitions, began making videos, developed artistic research projects, learning and healing methods, working with natural fibers and stones.

 

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EDUCATION
2019 Art of Washi Paper & Japanese Rare Books | Keio University Online
2018 Mushimaru Fujieda Butoh Workshop, KHiO | Oslo, Norway
2018 Japanese Avant-Garde, Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books | Keio University Online
2018 Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move | UiO Online
2015 MFA Master Fine Art with honours, Otis College of Art and Design | Los Angeles, CA, United States 
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, IL, United States
2012 Yoga Teaching Certification, 200hour, Akasha Yoga Center | Crystal Lake, IL, United States
2006 BA Bachelor Art with honours, Advertising, Illinois Institute of Art | Schaumburg, IL, United States
2003 – 2005 Interior Design, Illinois Institute of Art | Schaumburg, IL, United States
1993 – 2003 Classical Piano | Byron, IL, United States
1990 – 2003 Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop | Ogle County, IL, United States
 
 
RESIDENCIES
2020 Kerringøy Land Art | Bodø, Norway
2019 UKS/PNEK | Oslo, Norway
2019 Atelier Nord Prosjektrom  | Oslo, Norway
2017 Angelot Trélex | Chéserex, Switzerland
2017 Praksis: A Global State of Pareidolia | Oslo, Norway
2017 The Past and the Curious, Praxisfestivalen, DansensHus | Oslo, Norway
AWARDS
2021 Saatchi Art Featured Artist | Saatchiart.com
2021 Stage: Isla Mujeres, Duncan Miller Gallery Curation | YourDailyPhotograph.com
2021 NIME 2021 Ableton Scholarship | New York University Shanghai, China
2020 Bi-Monthly Semi-Finalist, Dumbo Film Festival | NYC, United States
2019 Ello Getty Images Selected Artist | California, United States
2018 Mushimaru Fujieda, Butoh Scholarship, KHiO | Oslo, Norway
2018 ND Photo Awards, Honourable Mention (2017)
2018 Mouvements, Photo, Oslo Art and Fashion Festival, Vérité, Aker Brygge | Oslo, Norway
2018 Vesper Monumenter & Et Dypt Nett, Dual-Site Installation, Elvelangs i Fakkellys | Oslo, Norway
2017 Memoria Technika, Multimedia Installation, Oslo Fashion & Art Festival, Lekter’n | Oslo, Norway
2017 Teknovisuell Experience, Permanent Installation, Otis College of Art and Design | Los Angeles, CA, United States
2015 Juried 1st Place, Here, There, & Everywhere: Eurasian Cities, Asia Culture Center | Gwangju, South Korea
2015 Woelffer Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design | Los Angeles, CA, United States
2014 Academic Merit Award, Otis College of Art and Design | Los Angeles, CA, United States
2012 Academic Scholarship, Social Psychology, Ehime University | Matsuyama, Japan
2010 Historic Pathways Photography Award | Indiana University, United States
2003 IMEA Singing Finalist, Mezzo-Soprano in Madrigals | Ogle County, IL, United States
2010 Pi Sigma Pi, Illinois Academic Honour Society in History | Byron, IL, United States
TEACHING & LECTURES
2020 AiR Kjerringøy, Talk and Teaching (ages 6 – 15) | Kjerringøy, Norway
2020 AWMAS Afjordance Exhibition/Talk | Corwin Pavilion, University of California, Santa Barbara
2018 Movement Course | Blank Space Gallery, Oslo, Norway
2017 Body Architecture Course | Barnas Open House, Sentralen, Oslo, Norway
2013 – 2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant | Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Subtle Energy & Colour: Body Perception & Visual Stimulation Talk | Otis, Culver City, CA
2013 The Personal & Universal, Artist Talk | Walker Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2011 -2013 Yoga/Movement Instructor | Greater Chicagoland Area
WORK EXPERIENCES
2011 – now Photographer (since 2006) & Instructor | Movement/Art/Photo/Critical Thinking | International
2008 – 2021 Content Producer | Photo/Video, Writing, FrontendWeb/Brand, Design, Events | International
2016 – 2021 LensCulture | Art Photography Reviews | Online
2016 – 2017 Graduate & Undergrad Admissions Counselor | Otis, Los Angeles, CA
2012 – 2016 Photographer | 22nd Century Media | North Shore Chicago, IL
2012 – 2013 Gallery Manager and Events | College of Lake County | Grayslake, IL
2012 – 2012 Gallery Assistant and Framer | ZIA Gallery | Winnetka, IL
2008 – 2010 Author of The Art of Advice | Chicago Now, a Tribune Co. | Chicago, IL
2009 – 2012 Copywriter | Creative Circle, Momentum Worldwide, Marketing Support Inc. | Chicago, IL
2006 – 2009 Graphic Design and Print Production | Alphagraphics, Freelance | Chicago, IL
2004 – 2006 Library Assistant | Illinois Institute of Art | Schaumburg, IL
2002 – 2003 Administrative Assistant | State Farm Insurance | Oregon, IL
1996 – 2004 Dishwasher, Food Preparation/Delivery, Pet/Home Caretaker, Childcare, Retail Sales, Barista
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Mouvements, Photo | Akers Mek, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
2019 Over a Streambed a Body Formed in Light Refracted in WavesTorso Kunstartikler, Oslo, Norway
2019 Magenta Minds & Amber Hearts | Bernt Ankers Gate, Oslo, Norway
2018 Mouvements, Photo, Oslo Art and Fashion Festival | Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
2017 Memoria Technika, Installation, Oslo Fashion & Art Festival | Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
2017 Teknovisuell Experience, Installation | Otis Admissions Office, Los Angeles, CA, United States
2015 Image Architecture, Installation | Otis Studios, Los Angeles, CA, United States
2015 Making Sense, Installation | Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
2010 Not Even But Almost, Photo | Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, United States
2008 Photography | Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL, United States
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 4th Edition Les Voyagers, Blåtime Sol Video | Tunis, North Africa
2021 Blåtime Sol video screening | Equinox Exhibition, Bodø Kunstforening, Norway
2021 Midwest (aquarelle)YBlokka (sculpture), TBK Annual Exhibition | Trondheim, Norway
2021 Body Line and Blåtime Sol, Screening, The World We Live In | Groningen, Netherlands
2021 Solfége Souche Screening | Paris, France
2020 Affordable Art Fair | Represented by Albumen Gallery, London, U.K.
2020 Kvinnekroppen, Afjordance, Video Projection | Arteriet, Kristiansand, Norway
2020 Afjordance, Video Projection, AWMAS 2020 | Santa Barbara, CA, United States
2019 Heat Wave, Photo | Online Exhibition, Artsy.net
2019 Solfége Souche, Video | Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gyeonggi-do, Korea
2019 Feel the Burn, Photos | MIM gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
2019 Damocles, Sculpture, Elemental Kate Exhibition | Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield, UK
2019 Oslo Open, Photos | Fotogalleriet Atelier, Oslo, Norway
2019 Les Voyagers, Photos | Nout Art Gallery, 12A Marrashly St. Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
2018 TID (time), Photos |  CYAN Studio, Oslo, Norway
2018 Wave, Photo, Benefit Auction | Rockford University, IL, United States
2018 Vesper Monumenter & Et Dypt Nett, Dual-Site Installations, Elvelangs i Fakkellys | Oslo, Norway
2017 Ex Nihilo, Monolithic Images | La Macina Di San Cresci, Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italy
2017 9Worlds of Image and Light, Installation | Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Smelteverksted, Oslo, Norway
2017 PraksisOslo Kulturnatt, Photos | Rådhusgata 19, Oslo, Norway
2016 Now Trending, 30seconds of Lake Michigan, Photo | Palos Verdes Art Center, CA, United States
2016 Omniscient, Image/Text, Here, There, Everywhere: Eurasian CitiesACC, Gwangju, South Korea
2015 On The Roof, Installation | Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
2014 Variations of a Whole, Photo | Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
2014 PhotoLA, Photos | LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA, United States
2013 DC Fotoweek, Photobook | Washington DC, United States
2013 Robert T. Wright Gallery, Paintings | College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL, United States
2012 Liminal Metanoia, Photos | 2Rules Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
2012 My Own Wilderness, Exhibition & Publication curated by Christopher Paquette
2011 Not Even But Almost, Photos | Defibrillator Performance Gallery, Chicago, IL, United States
2011 Life Support Japan, Photo | Wall-Space Gallery, CA, United States
2011 Portraits by Women Photographers | Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL, United States
2010 Portrait, Illustration | Johalla Projects Gallery, 50 Alderman/50 Artists, Chicago, IL, United States
2000 Depths of Imagination, Mixed-Media | Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, United States
1999 The Field’s Project, Land Art Viewable by Air | Oregon, IL, United States
BOOKS
2020 Frame Story
2020 Textures & Movements
2014 Bound by WaterSpread
2012 Espla
2010 90,000 miles on I-90
PRESS Dark Mountain Issue 19 | Concrete Nature BackcoverArtsy Profile & Feature | Good Times Santa Cruz | Articulate Magazine | Hauste Magazine | Fletta MagazineLHSA Member SpotlightKing Goya Travel MagazineArt Muzeo Magazine Issue 3 | Barbed Magazine Issue 5Art Photo Index | Water Poetry Prose | Humble Arts Foundation | Lenscratch Feature: Bound By Water | Majestic Disorder Magazine | Cover VIA Publication 02 Issue, | A New NothingThe Swap I , II, III / Book Film Painting | 10-Q Interview, Hungry Ghost CollectiveE-PhotoReview,  Fly Over ArtHumble Arts Foundation | Lenscratch: Backyard, Mother’s Day | La Pura Vida- 90000 Miles on I-90 | Sweet Station | Fraction Magazine | Fine Line MagazineUrbanautica | Lost At E MinorActual Colors May VaryFeature IIChicago Magazine | New Landscape Photography | Landscape Stories 1, 2, 3 | Beautiful/Decay Magazine 1, 2 | F-Stop Magazine 40, 35, 45 | BlackFlash Magazine | 1000 Words
INTERESTS Photography and Imaging, Textile Arts, Embodied Cognition, Physiology and Psychology, Behavioural Development and Art Education, Free Will, Geological History, 5-Element Theory by way of Canonical Chinese Medicine and Fung Shui

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