Rachel Burgess


Selected Monoprints and Monotypes



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Artist Information


Rachel Burgess has exhibited at the International Print Center of New York (NY), the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor (NY), the Monmouth Museum (NJ), the Pyramida Center for Contemporary Art (Israel) and the Seoul Museum of Art (Korea).  She has had solo exhibitions in New York and Maine, and will have a solo exhibition at the University of Connecticut in 2017.  Her work has featured in Drawing Magazine, CMYK Magazine, 3×3 Magazine and the Society of Illustrators Annual.  She’s received artist residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking and at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park, and has created commissioned pieces for Brooklyn CSA + D and CityMD.

She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, graduated with a degree in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 2004, and received an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in 2007.  Her work can be seen at www.rachel-burgess.com.

I’ve always been interested in storytelling.  After studying literature and illustration, I began to make artwork about memory – about the stories we tell about ourselves.  I’m fascinated by the way we use storytelling tools like editing, repetition and abstraction to turn our experiences into memories.

Through my landscapes I explore this process visually, first by sketching on location, then by editing my images into simple, eloquent forms.  Afterwards, I make monotypes based on my sketches.  The final images are like stories or memories – archetypal, rather than photo-realistic.  My most recent landscapes span multiple sheets of paper.  This format stems from my background in illustration/sequential art; I like to think of my images as pages from a book.  I work in monotype because it mirrors my interest in memory, as the initial “painting” on the plate is lost but a unique work on paper is created.


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