A pile of my own used incidentals––including bras, lingerie, designer shoes, Hanukkah decorations, used paintbrushes, souvenirs, memorabilia, and concrete blocks––that I once used to hold up my paintings has magnetically migrated to the center of my studio. These articles reflect my personal connection to femininity, Judaism, romance, and notions of painting, and have become specimens, icons, and relics that are poked, prodded, stroked, rubbed, then pulled, torn, and broken apart. They become the supports for new work, connecting my past practice of painting on canvas to the more open and broadly defined notion of “painting” that interests me now.
A laborious process of making grips me, entrances me, brings me to the devotional. I get lost in the repetition of the act of making. As an intermediate step, variable elements are stained, glazed, sprayed, painted, or dipped, then at times rubbed, scraped, sanded, drilled, or cracked open. All surfaces are covered, decorated, and obliterated, with many being re-exposed to varying degrees. Methodically, meditatively, obsessively, carefully, at times carelessly but always vehemently, I make and remake.
Rachel Klinghoffer, born in 1982 and raised In New Jersey, received her Masters in Fine Arts in Painting with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with course work in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Rachel has exhibited in the US and abroad including a solo project at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2015, Momenta Arts and the NARS foundation 2015 spring benefits, NURTUREart’s benefit at Bernaducci Meisel Gallery NY, NY; 532 Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, NY, NY; Projekt722, Brooklyn, NY; NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; Samson Projects, Boston, MA; Detroit.Work, Detroit, MI as well as in Prague and Israel. Rachel’s work is included in New American Paintings No. 116. Her work has been reviewed by Hyperallergic.com and featured on Field-Projects-Gallery.tumblr.com,Painterpedia.tumbler.com, bullandram.blogspot.com., and Jewcy.com. Her writing has appeared in Shma, “Practice, Practice” in which she articulates the intersection of her artist practice and Jewish practice. Rachel has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, been a guest artist for the Hunter College art foundation program and currently teaches through The Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Program. Rachel lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.