Rachel Feinstein, Girl on the Stairs, 2012, oil enamel on mirror, 21 1/2 × 18 inches (54.6 × 45.7 cm)
Rachel Feinstein’s multi–part installations, which contain autonomous sculptures and paintings, reveal her singular flair for synthesizing a myriad of cultural fascinations—religion, myth, beauty, mortality, decadence—into vignettes of the marvelous. Oil paintings on mirrored surfaces, flat propped sculptures reminiscent of stage dressings, and abstracted reworking’s of classical sculpture, confront persistent issues of artistic representation such as theatricality and illusionism. By layering quotations from diverse artistic, architectural, cultural, and stylistic sources—from religious iconography to Baroque sculpture, Romantic landscapes, and popular cartoons—art and history are charged with a burlesque sensibility.
Rachel Feinstein was born in 1971 in Fort Defiance, Arizona. She studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, and received her B.A. in 1993 from Columbia University, New York. Feinstein’s work has been shown by numerous museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art P.S.1, New York (2000); The Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York (2000); The Barbican Centre, London (2001); Hyundai Gallery, Beijing (2008); The Metropolitan Opera, New York (2009); Le Consortium, France (2011, 2014); and SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia (2012). Recent solo exhibitions include “Art in the Atrium,” Organized by Art Production Fund, Sotheby’s, New York (2002); “Tropical Rodeo,” Le Consortium, France (2006); “The Snow Queen,” Lever House, New York (2011); and “Folly,” Madison Square Park, New York (2014).
Feinstein currently lives and works in New York.