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Rachel Selekman
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

ARTIST STATEMENT: In my sculptures, reference to the human body, the use of everyday objects, fine craftsmanship, and the dynamism of elements that literally reach out to the viewer are paramount. The recent sculptures, until the past year or so, explored the dynamics of relationships, of intimacy. "The Conversation" and "The Lovers" show two "figures" in this dynamic, whereas "Mouth Wide Open," as a single figure/object, implicates the viewer in the pas de deux. These scenarios take form in mixed-media sculptures that have watering can bases and/or watering can remnants, stand-ins for the human body and skin, respectively.

A wall sculpture sans watering can, "Reveal (Taking Stock 1)," the most recent sculpture, is a departure from the earlier pieces and indicative of the direction of my forthcoming 3D work. I decided about two years ago to start incorporating all the materials I have left over from other pieces into new work. "Reveal," for example, includes almost all the beads, buttons, and sew-ons from my stockpile, as well as leftover fabric, and “taking stock” in the title references this approach.

This self-imposed directive came to be for two reasons: a milestone birthday and the accompanying reflections and my day-to-day life as an avid recycler, composter, and upcycler. With these practices in mind, I thought, why let all these beautiful materials lay fallow in my closet? Moving forward, I will use my stockpile to make visually complex and engaging sculptures.

In addition to sculpture, I make collages, the focus of my output the past few years. They employ a lexicon of images and often vintage materials, where hand sewing and collage are the dominant modes of construction. In "Golden Flow," the crotch form, watch faces cut out of magazines, and gold metallic thread coalesce to address issues of aging and in particular women’s biological clocks. Works from the "Fifty" series are about time passing: a new phase beginning and one ending; sadness and loss versus hope and expectation. In the series, which will number 50 when complete, I am revisiting ideas that have long interested me, working with ones I haven’t had time to focus on, and developing new ideas. The drawings incorporate motifs that have been part of my oeuvre for years (hands, tears, crotch), and new ones: hourglass and watch faces, with the hourglass particularly potent because when the "sand" is in the top of the hourglass, it’s full of potential, whereas, when it’s in the bottom, it’s as if time has run out.


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Rachel Selekman Indiegogo Campaign Launch

February-08-2013 – March-29-2013

Rachel Selekman has launched an Indiegogo campaign to publish a survey catalogue of her sculpture and works on paper.

Check it out, make a contribution, get a tax deduction, spread the word, and, ultimately, when the catalogue is published, experience the development of my work over the last 25 years!

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NYFA Boot Camp Arts Festival Kickoff, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY

November-04-2010 – April-01-2011

NYFA Boot Camp Arts Festival Kick-Off
Location: NYFA, 20 Jay St, Bklyn
Subway: F to York S; A/C to High St/Bklyn Bridge
NYFA Exhibit Dates: Nov 4 – Apr 1
NYFA Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:30am – 5:30pm

The first ever NYFA Boot Camp Arts Festival kicks off with one of two exhibits included in the Festival, a show of work by 22 artists all of whom graduated from the NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp. Curated by NYFA’s David Terry, the show runs through April 1 (gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm). The artists in the show are Raina Accardi, Thelmo Cordones, Margarida Correia, Cui Fei, Sophia Dawson, Stephanie Dworkin, Jonathan Ehrenberg, Juan Hinojosa, Spring Hofeldt, Michelle Jaffe, Jecca, Ged Merino, Brooke Moyse, Sheila Odyssey, Naomi Reis, Barry Rosenthal, Victoria Schatz, Rachel Selekman, Maureen Shea, Jennifer Sullivan, Yasuyo Tanaka, Frank Webster and Injoo Whang.

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