My interest is in working with the possibility and resistance inherent in materials to create sculptural reliefs that rely on architectural principles. Space, light, and movement emerge from the repetition individual components that have a discrete yet relational existence. As the viewer’s glance moves from one shape to another, they see not only a crescendo from low to high, or light and dark, but also a relationship between the two. Space, as perceived by the viewer, becomes an inseparable part of the image. In this way, the classic opposing relationship of figure and ground (or field) is turned on its head. If we think of figure not as an object read against a field, but as an effect emerging from the field, then we can understand figure and field to be closely aligned.
Rachel Doniger, a former architect, has been exhibiting her work since 2014. Notable exhibition venues include the Arvada Center for the Arts, Blue Print Gallery, and Rule Gallery. Her work resides in the collection of the Chicago Ritz Carlton and in private collections across the United States. Rachel is a graduate of Brown University and The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Rachel lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two children.