Artist Statement

Traces of us linger in the physical world, even in our absence.  There is an evocative nature to domestic objects and spaces—which hold the residual energy of lives lived—long after people are gone.  My work depicts ordinary objects from living rooms belonging to people I have loved and lost.  Though it is not grief that I am interested in conveying, but the residue of the affection that is left behind. 

 

I blend sculptural physicality with traditional painting techniques to make my hybrid paintings. My practiceutilizes an assortment of materials to paint on: plaster, pumice, ceramics, resin, and fabric.  Texture becomes a way of communicating touch—my own touch held in my work, and what my viewer imagines feeling with their own hand.  In this way my touch is held in my work similarly to how a room or object holds the essence of a person when they are no longer present.  Taking forms that seem to have order—a grid, a number, a hand, or a room—I deliberately lose accuracy and allow for imagination to run rampant.  

© 2020 by RACHAEL ZUR.