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I create sculptures and installations embedded with gravity and tension. My work is rooted in the craft of weaving—its technical processes, historical uses, and relationships to architecture. Using an environment’s unique architectural elements as my framework, I create site specific installations and architectural interventions that draw upon textiles’ historical use as a means to divide and control space. My large-scale installations engage formal questions of weight, volume, mass: defying gravity, arcs of volumetric rope hover like clouds, bound boulders stand tall in woven monuments, and concrete flows like fabric. By commanding and dividing space, these installations engender feelings of vulnerability and underscore the laborious processes of their fabrication. By interrupting natural passageways or highlighting existing architectural elements, I draw attention to the constraints within our physical and psychological spaces, and in so doing, shift them.
My thread installations, hand-strung on site in a fashion mimicking the warping of a loom, are super-saturated yet diaphanous planes of color that provide painterly portals to other abstract worlds. Using a mathematical, systematic method of threading, I create these highly structured abstract compositions in figurally-scaled frames, each evoking a landscape or horizon, and providing a transcendent space that invites the viewer to enter.
My series of Folds--cast concrete slabs that fold like foam or fabric--engage with the concept of fabric as a flexible entity and covering for the body. By using a common construction material (concrete) in forms that reference both fabric and the human form, I aim to align achitecture, textiles, and the human body to explore the ways in which textiles have historically been used to house the body, to divide and gender space.
Rachel Mica Weiss (b. 1986) is a sculptor and installation artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Weiss earned a BA in psychology from Oberlin College, an MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, and she is a 2011 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship. Solo exhibitions include Liminal at LMAKgallery, NY (2017), Countermeasures at Montserrat College of Art, MA (2015), In Place at Fridman Gallery, NY (2014), Engulfing the Elusory at the San Francisco Arts Commission, CA (2013), and forthcoming solo exhibitions at LMAK Gallery and Lux Art Institute, CA (2018). Selected group exhibition venues include: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; BravinLee Programs, New York, NY; and the Fiber Philadelphia Biennial, Philadelphia, PA. Residencies include Lux Art Institute, Marble House Project, chashama, and Vermont Studio Center. Weiss has been commissioned to create permanent, large-scale installations for the US Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan through the Art in Embassies Program; Airbnb, Seattle, WA; Brookfield’s One Allen Center in Houston, TX; 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, NY; The Ashland in Brooklyn, NY; and MediaMath’s 4 World Trade Center office, among others. Weiss is represented by LMAK Gallery and Uprise Art in New York and is a member of Artist Pension Trust.