Rachel Selekman’s works on paper entice the viewer with unusual if everyday materials, compelling imagery and process-rich construction. Metallic threads burst out of brass watering can roses and swirls of charcoal accentuated with glass beads mimic the flow of water. Hands are outstretched and crotches sprout roots. The majority of the works on paper are built incrementally, often using delicate vintage materials. Hand-sewing is a dominant mode of construction, though many works are also collaged.
The most recent works on paper, those from the Fifty series, which were started just prior to turning fifty and are still ongoing, are about time passing, one phase ending and another beginning, sadness and loss versus hope and expectation. But they are also an opportunity to explore the themes and imagery that have interested me for years as well as branch out in new directions, laying the groundwork for future larger-scale works on paper.
We will show a selection of Rachel’s works on paper at INK Art Fair 2013.
Rachel Selekman Fifty (15), gold ink & graphite