Rachel Eng, Condense C, 2021. Hand-built Ceramic Sculpture, Porcelain, Glaze, Gold Luster, 4 x 2 x 4 inches.
Rachel Eng writes of her work: I see our environment and landscape as open systems worked on by outside forces, not exclusive of ourselves. My work grapples with topics, such as climate change, land use/development, and their connection to memory. By paying close attention to a small aspect of the system, I work to reveal the whole through an analysis of its parts. Many of the projects I undertake employ clay, video projections, and sounds to create layered pieces. Change, decay, and regeneration are central content to these artworks and comment on life cycles and interconnected impact of humans and the elements. What is defined as ‘nature’ can be a variety of things, from a parking lot to a garden to a forest. Currently, I am interested in connecting earth’s long geologic history to our current condition. Our landscape has been shaped for billions of years, but more recently human’s decisions have left scars. How can humans learn to have more reciprocal relationships with our planet and each other versus one of extraction?
Rachel Eng grew up exploring the deciduous forests of Rochester, NY. She received her B.F.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2017 she was selected as a NCECA Emerging Artist and has been an artist in residence at NES Residency (Iceland), ArtFarm (Nebraska), Mudflat (Boston), and most recently at Studio Kura in Itoshima, Japan. Recent solo exhibitions include: Flecker Gallery at SFCC, Sykes Gallery at Millersville University, Schmucker Gallery at Gettysburg College, and Woskob Gallery at Penn State University. Select group exhibitions include Heaven Gallery (Chicago), Little Berlin (Philadelphia), Rochester Contemporary (Rochester), and Artspace (New Haven). In 2021, she was awarded a fellowship with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia and a grant from the Puffin Foundation. She currently works and lives in Carlisle PA, where she teaches in the studio art program at Dickinson College.