6 Artists Who Are Pushing the Limits of Wood
Rachel Beach’s carved wood and aluminum sculptures combine architectural tradition with Minimalist influences. Beach’s practice derives from an original interest in reworking painting stretchers into sculptural configurations. She begins her process with quick sketches, then creates maquettes and scaled drawings before beginning to shape her objects. Her finished projects, three-dimensional abstractions, reveal the influence of Donald Judd and Frank Stella, whose “simple forms that convey an idea” she finds particularly inspiring. Beach also creates drawings and screenprints that reference Native American religious symbols, Japanese color woodcuts, and the language of architectural draughtsmanship.
Canadian, b. 1975, London, Canada, based in Brooklyn, New York