Rachel Owens


The work of artist Rachel Owens acts as a metaphor to examine contemporary societal and governmental issues within the United States and its activities abroad. Last year, for an exhibition with ZieherSmith in New York City, the artist recreated a mythical fox-hunt in sculpture, complete with dogs, a rider, trophy heads and drawings made directly on The New York Times‘ articles. The fox-hunt is a metaphor for current situations in the U.S., the dogs being the soldiers or victims of the “fight against terrorism.” Other works include a giant squirrel crafted out of cardboard, characterized by biologists as a “scatter-hoarder,” that the artist created as a metaphor for U.S. aggression and the “resilience and potential for the advancements of human conditions.” Owens was born in Atlanta and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. The artist is an MFA graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her degree from the University of Kansas after attending the Tyler School of Art program in Rome, Italy. This year, the artist will present “Ground Swell,” a fellowship project with the Socrates Sculpture Park, in Long Island City, New York. Other recent exhibitions included “Empathetic,” curated by Elizabeth Thomas at the Temple Gallery in Philadelphia, and “Ionesco’s Friends,” curated by Irina Zucca, at Francosoffiantino Artecontemporanea in Turin, Italy.