Finding the Intense Sweetness in Making: Rachel Klinghoffer on Repurposing Ephemera into Icons

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Raised in an artistic family, Rachel talks about memory, spirituality, motherhood and how the process of making is embedded in her life. Raised in New Jersey, Rachel received her M.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and her B.F.A. in painting, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Rachel has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. She currently has a solo, If You Like Piña Coladas, Curated by Lauren Powell at One River School, Woodbury, NY

By repurposing materials, making and remaking them into paintings and sculptures, Klinghoffer prompts a reimagining of uses for these relic-like objects. Articles reflect the artist’s personal connection to femininity, craft-making, Judaism, romance, pushing the definition of painting. Through time, the items become specimens, icons. They are poked, prodded, stained, sprayed, stroked, rubbed, dipped, then pulled, torn, cracked open and broken apart making up and becoming the new work.

TOPICS:

Holding onto the ephemeral

How objects inspire

Working with “things that are worn out”

The spiritual in art

Organizing and categorizing as part of the process of making

Move with ease and surrendering to the flow of making

Thinking of color as speed

Not having everything sit on the same note visually

Motherhood

Saying “yes”

Artists Mentioned:

Michelle Grabner

Judy Glantzman

Holly Hughes

Marina Adams

Candida Alvarez

Michiko Itatani

Hilary Doyle

Lauren Comito

Eleanna Anagnos

Sarah Brenneman

Allison Reimus

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LINKS:

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