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RACHEL MAXI

 Calling Down the Strawberry Moon Oil, wood, beeswax, 24k gold leaf 14” x 12” x 3.5” 2022

Rachel Maxi, Calling Down the Strawberry Moon, oil, wood, beeswax, 24K gold leaf, 14 x 12 x 3.5 in, 2022


July 1st - July 31st 2022
opening reception : Saturday, July 2nd, 3 - 5 pm

artist talk: Saturday, July 16th, 5:30 pm

"I am interested in our natural and built environments, how we move in them, how we make space, and how we interact with nature, physically and spiritually. For me, nature is the sacred, the divine, and we are part of that. I am an explorer, collector, and creator. Sometimes I collect physical things—little pieces of wood or rusty bits of metal I find in the gutter—and sometimes I collect visuals: changing color and light, plants, birds, natural and urban landscapes, urban decay. 

 

I like the puzzle of balancing the various elements in a sculpture or a painting, harmonious and dissonant, dark and light, illusional and real, soft and sharp. I generally don't sketch out a plan or blueprint to work from, and a piece always changes in the act of making it. I let the material tell me how it wants to go, feeling for the natural physical logic of things, but also finding that, often, the things I like most are not what I understand or ever imagined working visually."