Rachel Durfee
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  • Madison, WI
  • United States
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Art Interests
Drawing, Printmaking, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
Through my richly colored etchings, woodcuts and paper constructions I symbolically explore how we can thrive in the gap between life as it is and life as it ought to be. In my work, the paradoxical architecture of existence is often populated with disappointment and resentment but also hope and purpose—with a dash of wit. I compose poetry to accompany each piece.

Employing symbolic vocabulary, I elucidate common human struggles. Aspects of architecture, planning and mapmaking describe physical form and imply the multifaceted layers of the psyche. An underlying geometry provides structure and a frame of reference to represent eternal truths that transcend individual existence and circumstances. Altering colors highlights different qualities of an image and changes our perception of it. Folding, cutting and reassembling my images reveals the breaking and mending process of our individual and collective brokenness and offers an invitation to live more fully.
Accomplishments / CV
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Master of Fine Arts Degree, Printmaking and Cornell University, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

Exhibited at . . .Ozaukee Art Center, Cedarburg, WI, First Evangelical Free Church Gallery, Austin, TX, Alfons Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Center Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, and Bade Museum, Berkeley, CA.

Published in . . .the book Dwelling with Philippians: A Conversation with Scripture through Image and Word (Wm. B. Eerdmans and Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Publishers), edited by J. Borger, P. Detterman, E. Steele Halstead, and J. Witvliet, includes images For Those in Captivity and Stand Firm.

Selected Collection . . . Milwaukee Art Museum, Promega Corporation, University of Wisconsin (multiple campuses) and Wheaton College.

Member of CIVA, Arts Gathering (CIVA local chapter), Wisconsin Visual Artists, Arts Immersion.

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At 3:47pm on October 4, 2011, Cameron J. Anderson said…
Rachel, welcome to the CIVA Network and thanks for your early help in creating some prototype pages.

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