In an effort to maintain safety measures and ensure physical distancing, we have been visiting our artists in their studios virtually. Double Insight is a new series which offers a glimpse into the artist studio and workplace; the sacred place where creative life and creative process coexist.
w/ Rachel MacFarlane
Born in Scarborough Ontario, artist Rachel MacFarlane now lives and works in New York City. MacFarlane received a BFA at Ontario College of Art & Design in 2009, and relocated to the states to achieve an MFA from Rutgers University in 2014. In 2016, she moved to Brooklyn, NY following graduation.
Recent work has focused on landscape sites, memory, and simulation. MacFarlane creates paper models as references for paintings that explore conditions of place. Through recalled memories of space and time, these ephemeral 3-dimensional sculptures or models act as a catalyst for her paintings and a diary of her past explorations. Citing her youth spent growing up near Canadian conservation sites as a primary influence, MacFarlane extends the tradition of Canadian landscape painting with a refreshed approach using colour, light and form.
MacFarlane has been awarded a Canada Arts Council Explore and Create Grant, an Elizabeth Greensheilds Grant, the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence, the NSCAD Robert Pope Artist Residency, the Triangle Artists Workshop residency, NYC, Ontario Arts Council Grant, and was a visiting artist at Cow House Studios, Ireland. She received the Drawing and Painting medal from OCAD University and the Rutgers Mason Gross Dean’s Choice Award. Her work is in the collections of the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, Equitable Bank, Stikeman Elliot, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, The Donovan Collection at the University of Toronto, Jim & Susan Hill Collection as well as many numerous private collections. She is currently a Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers University and is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, ON and Norberg Hall in Calgary, AB.
Located in NYC, Rachel is near the epicentre of North America’s Covid-19 Crisis. For a number of years, she has lived in Bushwick, Brooklyn and maintained a studio in Ridgewood, Queens. However, with the recent pandemic restrictions and lockdown, MacFarlane was to move her home into the same building as her studio to ensure her safety and accessibility to her workspace.