Rachel Farbiarz explores the personal and emotional resonances that course through traumatic historical events in her drawings, mixed-media collages, assemblages, and installations. In her works on paper, she juxtaposes imagery from geographically and historically disparate circumstances in a single work—perhaps kamikaze pilots and Irish revolutionaries. These are often placed alongside shovels, sandbags, banners, ladders, and other imagery with deeply encrusted political connotations. Farbiarz also uses calligraphic lines and handwriting as additional means of evoking emotion. Her installations touch on similar themes of the personal embedded within the universal, frequently through the combination of furniture and domestic detritus with found objects—repurposing objects and images that have been discarded or overlooked by the major transformative events of history.