Featured artist Rachel Chambers talks about her unconventional and whimsical subject matter. Read our interview to learn more about her inspirations, creative process, and more!
When did art become a pursuit for you?
In high school, art class was the only place I wanted to be. In college, I changed majors from Art Ed to Fine Arts because the studio was the only place I felt like I was spending my time wisely. Even though I am teaching now, it’s still the studio that feels the best.
How did you first become involved with ArtsWorcester?
I moved to the metro west area and searched for galleries that were more than paintings. I found ArtsWorcester, and it’s the best gallery in which I have been involved.
What medium do you currently work in, and how did you choose this medium?
I work in mixed media, sculpture, and mostly fiber arts techniques. The materials are the most important in my work, as I respond to what I can do with their properties.
What is your creative process?
I like to collect toys from when I was a little kid and turn them into something that has another life – almost like a trophy to what it used to be. I read about dinosaurs, how they treated each other, how they treated their young. I put all that information into my landscapes or sculptures.
How do you choose your subject matter? Are there themes that recur throughout your work?
Most of the time I am thinking about a landscape or a character. Then I find the materials to make that landscape or I find the character and decided where it should be located.
What other media or directions would you like to explore?
I’ve been working in clay a little, and I’d like more time to be able to dive into that and see where it takes me.