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Rachael Zur

West Linn, Oregon

Artist Statement

Traces of us linger in the physical world, even in our absence. There is an evocative nature to domestic objects and spaces—items within homes hold the residual energy of lives lived long after people are gone. My work depicts ordinary objects from living rooms which hold the remaining radiance and tenderness of the departed. I work with materials that have weight to them to ground ephemeral concepts into an artwork that is physically solid. The artwork holds the ideas and feelings which are light and almost impossible to contain—similar to how homes can hold the lingering domestic presence of the departed. Contour lines move across the surface of the works like phantoms; other times a contour line defines the edge of a work, (articulating a wing or hand), as a fully present body.

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Rachael Zur's Portfolio

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Artist Biography

Rachael Zur’s expanded paintings blend sculptural physicality with traditional painting techniques to depict objects found in living rooms. Her work is twice published in New American Paintings, as well as Friend of the Artist, Under The Bridge Magazine, and Stay Home by Stay Home Gallery and Residency. After 12 years as a stay at home mom, Zur resumed her education and completed her MFA in 2019 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then she has exhibited her work throughout the United States, and has worked as a Program Mentor in the Low Residency MFA Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2021, she drove her family of five across country in an RV to complete a residency at Stay Home Gallery while homeschooling her three children during their cross country camping adventure. Zur currently resides in the greater Portland Metropolitan area where she is a member of artist collectives Carnation Contemporary and WAVE Collective.



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