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Rachel Smith
MFA, Art Studio

Rachel Maryam Smith addresses constructed and glossy notions of domestic and maternal bliss through enticing and prosaic materials in menacing scale. She engages capital transformed into disused collections of familiar objects and how those collections represent the Western girl-woman-crone experience, exemplifying internalized objectification and disabuse from autonomy. Through bromidic materials—such as fabric and fancy buttons collected for idealized, future sewing projects—she engages the shifting interstice between what is ascribed to women and what is seen and what is known about them.

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