This work is a homespun faerie tale, a re-creation of cultural folklore and a personal mythology – a world populated by recurring fantastical creatures and strange hybrid phenomena. Within this environment there are layered references to the human body. Biological structures and functions are reanimated, exploring ecological issues, technology and a dream world landscape. The lines between organic and manmade have become increasingly blurred. Using nature as a blueprint I explore the boundaries of reality versus artifice. Due to Scientific “fact” we have lost our interest in the mysteries of the unknown and the unseen. My Work is a flight of the imagination, taking place in an uncertain future and inspired by an unknowable past.
Rappleye’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York; Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles; The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Clough Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis; the Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas; and the Jersey City Museum, New Jersey. His work is featured in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; The Progressive Corporation, Ohio; West Collection, Pennsylvania and U. S. Art in Embassies. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has been an artist in residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; MacDowell Colony; the Headlands Center for the Arts and John Michael Kohler Arts Center, among other venues. He received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey.