Rachel Mica Weiss

Artist Biography

Rachel Mica Weiss (b. 1986) lives and works in Brooklyn, creating sculptures and installations. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, and is a San Francisco Foundation Murphy and Cadogan Fellow (2011). Solo and Museum exhibitions include OnSite Katonah, Katonah Museum of Art, NY (2016) CounterMeasures at Montserrat College of Art, MA (2015), In Place at Fridman Gallery, NY (2014) and Engulfing the Elusory at the San Francisco Arts Commission, CA (2013). Recent projects include commissions for the Art in Embassies Program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and for Media Math at 4 World Trade Center, NY. She has created site-specific installations for the Norwood Club, Nassau Community College, Malin & Goetz, and PULSE NY, and her work has appeared in international publications, as well as in the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Hyperallergic, and Bad at Sports.

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Artist Statement

Rachel Mica Weiss creates sculptures and installations embedded with gravity and tension. Her installation practice is rooted in the craft of weaving—its technical processes, historical uses, and relationships to architecture. Using an environment’s unique architectural elements as her framework, she creates architectural interventions that draw upon textiles’ historical use as a means to divide and control space. Her thread installations, hand-strung on site in a fashion mimicking the warping of a loom, are super-saturated yet diaphanous planes of color that confront the viewer with an unexpected strength. Her monumental rope installations are walls or arcs of color that command space, engendering feelings of vulnerability and underscoring the laborious processes of their fabrication. By interrupting natural passageways or highlighting existing architectural elements, Weiss draws attention to the constraints within our physical and psychological spaces, and in so doing, shifts them.

Weiss’s sculptures combine textile languages with the density of stone, cast forms, and wood constructions. These microcosms of tension contain components that balance uneasily, vie for dominance, or are hopelessly intertwined, bringing questions of relative strength, gravity, balance, and value to the fore. Within each sculpture, she manipulates materials in unlikely ways, juxtaposing seemingly fluid wood forms against lava-like cast “rocks,” and dripping “gold chain,” actually constructed from hand-braided leather. By confounding the slippery connotations of formal and material characteristics, she unravels the “stable” preconceptions of wet-dry, heavy-light, strong-fragile. In all of her works, barriers—real, self-imposed, and imaginary—are set askew.


September 7, 2016 - September 25, 2016

Luxury Developers Get Serious About Art.’ Ariel Ramchandani. Mansion Global. 17 October, 2016.

Get Outta Town with These 10 Art-Filled Day Trips. Rain Embuscado. ArtNet News. 3 August, 2016.

30 Under 30ish‘ Art Show Sends Up Arbitrary Lists. Andrew Nunes. Vice: The Creator’s Project. 5 August, 2016.

Metaphysical Maps, Metaphorical Obstacles, and Abstract Vistas.’ Cate McQuaid. Boston Globe. 15 September, 2015 [print].

The Raven: Interview with Rachel Mica Weiss.’ Sarah Walko. Eyes Towards the Dove: Contemporary Arts and Culture. 27 August, 2014 [web].

Elevate Your Mood at Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery in Garden City.’ Lisa Heffernan. Long Island Pulse. 26 August, 2014 [web].

Adventures in Styrofoam, Maximalism, and Photography During Bushwick Open Studios 2014.’ Hyperallergic. Alex Heimback. 1 June 2014. [web]

Experiment and Concept: Teaching, Learning, and Making at San Francisco Art Institute.’ Contemporary Artists Magazine. No. 4. Chongqing, China. 2013. [print].

Salt and Bladders’: An Interview with Rachel Mica Weiss. Bad At Sports Blog. Jeffrey Songco.13 March, 2013. [web].

Engulfing the Elusory‘: Window on Ourselves. San Francisco Chronicle: 96 Hours. Patricia Yollin. 14 February, 2013. [print & web].

San Francisco Bay Guardian: Our Weekly Picks. Laura Kerry. 14 February, 2013. [print & web].

El Grito Magazine: Carlos Carlos García Montero and María Paz Gastañeta, Ed. “Pieles y Pliegues.” El Grito Magazine [Lima, Perú] 1.4. 2011 [print].

CityPages: Coco Mault. ” ‘NAGAS’ presents the finest art in North America by MFA students.” City Pages @ blogs.citypages.com. 2011 [web].

MinnPost.com: Mark Sparber, “On responding to art – and, in particular, the national student show at the Nash Gallery.” 2011 [web].