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Rachel Stiff: “Entitled to the Sun” Art Exhibition
August 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until September 27, 2021
One event on September 27, 2021 at 12:00pm
- Please join us for Rachel Staff’s Artist Talk at noon on Monday, September 27, in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Music Building.
The foundation of my work:
Space is what interests me most. The West has a lot to offer. From the outskirts of town, one can examine the composition of a city and its relationship with surrounding landforms. There are endless variations of color and light, depending on exact location and time of day.
Through painting I frame the modern West; exit ramps serve sunsets to go and mysterious bluffs quietly exhibit the beauty of perspective from the grocery store parking lot. Working intuitively at first, I allow each painting to develop. The partnership between the painting and myself progresses, as does the importance of decision-making. Mistakes, deliberate forms, controlled spills and the culling of positive and negative space are the end result.
A brief statement which touches on the drawings:
Graphite is a dark matter. The pushing, pulling and scraping of pencil develops the page. My obsession with building spaces is to watch them expand and collapse while being made. The illusion of depth or nearness is mystifying. Like the cosmos, dark matter holds the strange structures from my drawings in place. They are like layers, thoughts or physical edifice such as Greek columns. The orders shift and break apart as if being expelled by some great force. At times the forms feel suspended with little gravity. During the current era of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, I still look out and up but most recently I’ve been turning inward. Becoming comfortable with silence and the continued pressing of pencil into paper.