Artist / Designer
Rachel Wiecking's personal work uses early reproductive technologies such as printing and casting to explore anxiety, obsession, and the human drive to construct logical, reliable systems. The addition of her own repetitive acts, interventions and disruptions often result in conflicted images and forms. Her commercial design work reveals a related interest in structures, systems, and patterns, particularly those that are incomplete, disrupted, or precarious.
She holds a BA in American Studies/Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a BFA with a focus in Book Arts from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. From 2002-2006 she supported her creative projects by working as a production printer, book binder and box maker. In 2006, she moved to New York to serve as the Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at Wells College, and earned an MFA in Studio Art and an MA in Art History at Purchase College in 2011. From 2011-2016, Rachel managed the letterpress print shop at Swayspace, a generalist design studio, while teaching letterpress printing and design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Rachel has recently returned to Portland after living in New York for nine years.