We, as individuals and groups, play the parts of virus and host. The resulting infection creates a cycle of responding; of posturing, mirroring, projecting, and cannibalizing the traits of the people and cultures we come in contact with. Our family and friends, our lovers, heroes, and villains all become hosts to our viruses, and infections to our host, in an ongoing process of appropriation between ourselves and others. This process is growth. It can also be crisis. Often the virus, host, or both, mutate from their exposure to the other. I explore this adaptation and play for dominance using portraits and implied narratives of hybrid creatures that are the sum of their parts. These characters embody the dynamic struggle between self and other, both internally and externally, and function as ecosystems for layers of tangible and subconscious interactions.
Rachel Meuler, born in Louisville, KY in 1977, is a multidisciplinary artist working with drawing and painting, sculpture and installation, and costume-oriented performance art. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1999, her MFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase in 2001, and has been living and working in New York City since.
Meuler has been an artist in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Skidmore College, and the Abrons Art Center of the Henry Street Settlement. Her work is included in several slide registries, including the Drawing Center's Viewing Program, and has been featured in various online and print publications.
Her work is informed by the fears and fantasies of contemporary culture. The specimen-like portraits and narratives of hybrid creatures speak to individual struggle and evolutionary anomalies.