Rachel Weiss

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Arch and Pin: hand-dyed nylon rope, cast cement, reclaimed maple, forged nails, leather, cotton thread
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Braid and Pin: steel pipe, leather tape, cast cement, braided leather, braided polypropylene rope, cotton thread
Anchor and Gray Toggle: styrofoam, gypsum cement, pigment, varnish, cotton thread, hand-dyed and knotted nylon rope, leather
Artist's Statement

In my most recent body of work, I draw upon the archaic imagery of seafaring tools and rope-craft. I interweave slick and seductive materials like brightly colored rope, elaborately braided leather, and lustrous fibers, with humbler and seemingly more archaic materials, like cement and wood, to create an array of intricately labored objects that form dynamic and interchangeable installations. Through these works, which evoke the tools of a marlinspike sailor, the language of luxury leather goods, I grapple with the blurry intersections of pain and pleasure, utility and obsolescence.


Rachel Mica Weiss is a sculptor and installation artist who received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 2008 and her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012. She is the recipient of The San Francisco Foundation Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts awarded to Bay Area graduate students of exceptional promise and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and Village des Arts in Dakar, Senegal. She has exhibited her work at venues such as SOMArts Cultural Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Fiber Philadelphia Biennial. Her work has appeared in such publications as the Bad at Sports Blog, China's Contemporary Artists Magazine, Peru's El Grito Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Rachel Mica Weiss currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY as a resident of the Chashama Studio Program.

For a full CV and links to press, visit: http://www.rachelmicaweiss.com/resume.html