The dense, luminous atmosphere of my paintings is inspired by observed natural phenomena -- fog playing between tree branches, light peeking through clouds, the darkening sky before a thunderstorm. I am drawn to moments when air feels thick, when space has a presence as real as that of solid objects. Through an accumulation of small, repeated brush marks, my work explores the tension between structure and space, geometry and randomness, to create a sense of place where form and air mingle with each other.
Rachael Wren received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 2002. She has exhibited her work in numerous group shows throughout the US, and has had solo exhibitions at the University of Massachusetts and Providence College. Rachael was awarded the Julius Hallgarten Prize in 2006 from the National Academy Museum and an Aljira Fellowship in 2007. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, The Artist House at St. Mary’s College, and the Saltonstall Foundation.
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