About the Artist
Rachel Wolfson Smith is an American artist based in Amsterdam, NL and Austin, TX. Smith is a recent alumni of Crit Group and 100W Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency. Her drawings are held in public and private collections, from Google to artist Kiki Smith. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, at institutions including the The Contemporary Austin (TX), the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art (CA), and NeueHouse (NY). Her work has been discussed in publications such as Design Milk, Sightlines, Glasstire, and Iron & Air Magazine, and her projects have been awarded grant support from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Awesome Foundation, and the City of Austin. Smith received a BFA in painting from MICA and an MFA in painting from Indiana University. Her exhibition with Women & Their Work opens in 2022.
Exhibition on view at Ivester Contemporary:The drawings in this exhibition were created in Amsterdam in the six months leading up to the birth of my son, and in our first six months of life together. The inspiration came before that, in Austin, TX at the start of the pandemic. Over time and across an ocean, the images I pulled from became like memories, and with their edges fading they could take on new shapes. I became obsessed early on with grass growing unbridled in alleys and front lawns, while people were inside in a deprived state. There were many parallels to what I wanted and needed in this contrast. The drawings that grew out of these musings merge indoor and outdoor experiences together: a landscape becomes domestic, a field of grass becomes a bed where thoughts land and weary women rest. It’s an exploration of how nature can perform, and what can slowly accumulate in a time without a future.