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Rachel Sitkin
updated: 10/04/2011
website: www.rachelsitkin.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The View From Up Here
Toy World
San Cristobal
Yanacocha Reclamation Field
Morenci, AZ
Morenci Mine
Valle de Colca
Berkely Pit
So This Is West Virginia
MTR 3
Tailings Pond
Andean Farm
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  nature, landscape, pattern
 
 
The View From Up Here by Rachel Sitkin
The View From Up Here
Gouache on Paper
201
20" x  21" 
Toy World by Rachel Sitkin
Toy World
Oil on Canvas
2010
48" x  42" 
San Cristobal by Rachel Sitkin
San Cristobal
Gouache on Paper
2011
21" x  20" 
Yanacocha Reclamation Field by Rachel Sitkin
Yanacocha Reclamation Field
Gouache on Paper
2011
15" x  23" 
Morenci, AZ by Rachel Sitkin
Morenci, AZ
Gouache on Paper
2011
22 " x  30 " 
Morenci Mine by Rachel Sitkin
Morenci Mine
Gouache on Paper
2010
20" x  21" 
Valle de Colca by Rachel Sitkin
Valle de Colca
Gouache on Paper
2011
15" x  23" 
Berkely Pit by Rachel Sitkin
Berkely Pit
Gouache on Paper
2010
24" x  40" 
So This Is West Virginia by Rachel Sitkin
So This Is West Virginia
Gouache on Paper
2010
20" x  40" 
MTR 3 by Rachel Sitkin
MTR 3
Gouache on Paper
2010
40" x  30" 
Tailings Pond by Rachel Sitkin
Tailings Pond
Gouache and Ink on Paper
2010
17" x  14" 
Andean Farm by Rachel Sitkin
Andean Farm
Gouache on Paper
2011
20" x  21" 

Artist Statement

The theme of my work is the evolving relationship between humans and the landscape.  It appears to me that we live in an era of shifting cultural consciousness regarding the place and power of humans in the world.  This conceptual shift affects us spiritually, socially, and economically.  Through my work, I aim to participate in a dialogue around the complicated issues of land use and to invite others to consider these issues as well.

 

I generally render scenes of human geometry, industrial, agricultural or residential geometries, imposed on naturally occurring organic land formations. I consider these landscapes both as sites of commodified nature and as the beautiful archeological relics they will become. The pre-existing topography of the land dictates a three-dimensional direction to the architectural placement. The shapes left (by the suggested figure) in pursuit of resources and progress reveal an elegant geometry unique to our species. The resultant landscape is a meeting of the slow accumulation of matter over millennia, and the precise, efficient alterations at human hands. Though environmental impact is one of my concerns, I am more interested in the visual metaphor these scenes become for our simultaneous ownership over and dependence on the land.

 

Within the space of the paintings our varied, and at times contradictory relationships to the land are revealed. The various textures and approaches to illusion and design allude to our multiple conceptions of our place in the world.  Informed by air travel, virtual travel over the Internet, maps, modeling and real-world experience, our notion of the landscape is collapsed, our sense of scale altered.  I think it both beautiful and bewildering to consider these sites as though they were models, easily controlled and toyed with.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

Masters of Fine Arts, Studio Art; American University, Magna Cum Laude, 2010

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Painting; Maryland Institute College of Art, Cum Laude, 2002

Study Abroad, Cortona, Italy; University of Georgia, 2001

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012    (upcoming) The Parking Lot Show, Artisphere, Arlington, VA Curated by Cynthia Connelly

2011    (upcoming) Buy Some Damn Art, Online Exhibition

            (upcoming), Capital Art Connection, Washington, DC

            Fall Solos, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA (solo)

            Colectivo de Otoño, Galería Yvonne Sanguineti, Lima, Peru

2010    Emerging II, Maryland Hall for the Arts, Annapolis, MD

            The Earth is Flat an Other Truths about the Environment, Richman Gallery a The Park School, Baltimore, MD  Curated by Rick Delaney

             Up the Ante, The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

            Composites, Katzen Art Museum, Washington DC

2009    Preview, Katzen Art Museum, Washington, DC

            In The Flesh II, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA  Curated by Andrea Pollan

            Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

            Even Exchange, George Washington University, Washington, DC

2008     Paper Airplane, Paperworks Gallery, Baltimore,MD  Curated by Jackie Milad

             First Year MFA- Rotunda Gallery, Washington, DC

2007     Art Hoco, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD

2006     50th National Fall Exhibition, Southern Vermont Arts Center, VT

2005     Grand Opening, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD                   

             In the Studio and Abroad, Minas Gallery, Baltimore, MD (solo)

             New Paintings, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD (two-person)

2002     Commencement Exhibition, Fox Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2001     Selected Student Works, Piazza Signorelli,Cortona, Italy 

             Visions of Italy, Donna’s Café, Baltimore, MD (solo)

2000     Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD 

1999     Juried Freshman Show, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD 

                   

HONORS/AWARDS

2010          Graduate Research Mellon Award

2009          Trawick Prize Semi-Finalist

                  Babs Van Swearingen Award Fellow

                  Graduate Research Mellon Award

2008     American University, College of Arts and Sciences Grant

2002     Recommended by the National Screening Committee for a U.S. Fulbright Grant

1998-2002    Maryland Institute College of Art, Pre- College Merit Award