Rachel MacFarlane is a visual artist. She creates paper models as references for paintings that explore conditions of place. Her recent work focuses on landscape environments. Through recalling memories she fabricates new scenes. Her painted spaces sit at the crux between observed and imagined place. Critic Mitch Speed describes her particularities by saying, “Despite this resonance with past painting, MacFarlane's models and pictures cling assiduously to our present moment: or at least to the subjectivities that live in it, formed by decades of evolving digital entertainment — so many video game environments and animated film worlds. Stylistically, the internal dialectic of her work comprises these referents, and the outdated modality of painting, mixing landscape and still life"
She has an MFA from Rutgers University, a BFA, from OCAD University, and a Certificate of Advanced Visual Studies from OCAD Florence program. She’s had solo exhibitions at Nicholas Metivier Gallery,Toronto, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Mason Gross Gallery, NJ, the Howard Park Institute, Toronto, and Anna Leonowens Gallery, at NSCAD University in Halifax. She’s participated in group exhibitions in NYC, San Francisco, Florence, Quebec City, Halifax, Toronto, and Philadelphia. MacFarlane was awarded a 2019 Elizabeth Greensheild's Foundation Fellowship, 2018 Canada Arts Council Explore and Create Grant, the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence, the NSCAD Robert Pope Artist Residency, Triangle Artists Workshop residency, NYC, and was a visiting artist at Cow House Studios, Ireland. She received the Drawing and Painting medal from OCAD University, the Rutgers Mason Gross Dean’s Choice Award, and an Ontario Arts Council Grant.
Her work is in the collections of Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, Equitable Bank, Stikeman Elliot, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, The Donovan Collection at the University of Toronto & numerous private collections. She is currently a Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers University. She's provided artist talks at University of Toronto, OCAD University, NSCAD University and Sheridan College. She is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery and Jarvis Hall Gallery.
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Artists Voice - Rachel MacFarlane
A video studio visit made for Nicholas Metivier Gallery - June 2020 during the COVID pandemic in NYC.
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