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Rachel Selekman

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The Conversation, 2009, watering cans, fabric, thread, and mixed media, larger: 76 3/8 x 8 ¼ x 27 ½"
Mouth Wide Open, 2010, watering can, fabric, thread, interfacing, glue, steel, and hardware 29 x 29 3/8 x 30"
The Listener, 2010, watering can, pieces of watering cans, fabric, thread, steel, and mixed media, 39 ¼ x 9 3/8 x 19"
Splash, 2010, watering can, steel, fabric, and hardware, 35 x 44 ¼ x 42"
The Group (or the Family or the Gallery Goers), 2010, watering cans, metal duct, and silicone sealant, size is variable
Artist's Statement

My sculptures explore the dynamics of relationships, of intimacy: how people engage and interact; how they communicate, hear, listen, see, touch. In some of the pieces, two “figures” are involved in this dynamic, while in other sculptures single “figures” implicate the viewer in the pas de deux. These scenarios take form in mixed-media sculptures that have watering can bases and/or watering can remnants, stand-ins for the human body and skin, respectively.

This body of work represents a new direction, but it also remains solidly rooted in ideas and ways of working that have compelled me for over twenty years: referencing the body, utilizing everyday objects, and engaging the viewer with elements that reach out and draw them in with rich and intriguing interiors and exteriors. Fundamentally, my work continues to be an exploration of the human condition as seen through my experiences, my eyes.


Rachel Selekman has had solo exhibitions at Priska Juschka Fine Art, NYC (2003, 2004, and 2006); Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne (2005); the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington (2001); and KAOS Galerie, Cologne (1996). Her work has been included in group shows at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NY; and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach; among many others. Selekman received a Henry Street Settlement residency (2007) and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1997). Her sculptures and works on paper are in many public and private collections, including three works on paper in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Selekman received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.