“So much of my work is about materiality. Many of my sculptures confound real and “faux” materials; in this piece, brass mesh reads as fragile tissue paper and cement-based casting compound reads as marble. There’s a subtle pleasure in being caught, even briefly, by a material’s deceptive qualities.”
Rachel Mica Weiss (b. 1986) combines textile languages with the density of stone, cast forms, and wood constructions to create sculptures and installations embedded with gravity. Her practice, rooted in the craft of weaving, explores various iterations of tension and of barriers—real, imaginary, and self-imposed.Read Full Bio
In 2011, Weiss received the San Francisco Foundation Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship in Fine Arts, awarded to Bay Area graduate students of exceptional promise. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center (2012) and at Village des Arts in Dakar, Senegal (2006). Solo exhibitions include In Place at Fridman Gallery (New York) in 2014 and Engulfing the Elusory at the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2013. She has also exhibited her work at Nassau Community College, Storefront Ten Eyck, SOMArts Cultural Center, and the Fiber Philadelphia Biennial. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, China’s Contemporary Artists Magazine, and Peru’s El Grito magazine.
Weiss holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in Psychology from Oberlin College. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and is a resident of the Chashama Studio Program.
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