Rachel A. Carey
I am a visual artist working across multiple mediums: drawing, sculpture, text and moving image (both 16mm film and video). I create works that often draw upon or use the historical - its stories and symbols - as a starting point to highlight parallels and idiosyncrasies within our contemporary society – in ever-constant flux – and pairing these with seemingly contrasting archetypes to create delicate, temporal and half-familiar hybrids.
For the last few years, my work has focused on labor and its correlation to craft and time, within the context of art-making and value production.
"One reason why I was drawn to Carey’s practice in the first place certainly concerned the visual intelligence, one which deploys, for example, potatoes as bonafide sculptural elements, with which she handled the subject of the individual’s – the artist’s? – fraught relationship with the multitude, the vagaries of group psychology and “crowds and power” (to paraphrase the title of Elias Canetti’s well-known study of crowding phenomena) being one of her main ‘political’ concerns, also within the context of, or with regards to, the art world’s reliance on the perpetuation of certain power structures." – excerpt from a text by Dieter Roelstraete
Carey has a BFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Kansas; a DNSEP from L'Ecole Supérieure d’Art Metz, France; and she is a graduate of the MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Prior to her art studies, Carey first studied International Business and Economics. Her writings have been published in 2HB by CCA Glasgow and LemonMelon. Carey was also a founding member of Sils Projects (2010-2014) in what is now Yasam Grocery store in Charlois.