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Image rights: © Rachel Feinstein. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Rob McKeever.
Inspired by everything from classical sculpture and Roman ruins to Renaissance painting and contemporary cartoons, Rachel Feinstein makes expressive sculptures, multi-part installations, and richly rendered paintings and drawings full of massive, sculptural forms. Unafraid to pursue beauty, Feinstein emphasizes shape and texture in her works, which develop out of an imaginative, additive process that begins with a source image, often discovered in old books. A striking detail serves as the departure point from which she begins her creative interpretation and re-invention. As the artist describes: “I’ll do a drawing, and then drawings of the drawing, and keep getting away from the source as many times over as I can so I don’t just replicate.” Feinstein’s sculptures appear as semi-abstracted, decidedly 21st-century versions of their historical counterparts, which include depictions of early Christian saints and the ash-preserved bodies of victims of Mount Vesuvius.
American, b. 1971