Based in New York City, Rachel Sydlowski is a visual artist and educator. A founding member of the collective Infinite Archive, curatorial projects include Intersecting Editions at The Castle Gallery, History of the Present at OSilas Gallery and Infinite Archive, NYPL at the 115th Street Harry Belafonte Library. Recent Group exhibitions include The Morris-Jumel Mansion, The Bronx Museum, New York Public Library, Bronx River Art Center, Lehman College Art Gallery, Case Gallery, First Street Gallery and Art Centro. She is currently serving as department chair of Art at Eastchester High School and has been selected for the Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill for 2019.
Drawn to unusual stories of excess and failure in American history, I use common materials such as paper, ceramics and found objects to construct objects, prints and site specific installations. Appropriation of period decorative motifs and patterns are applied to blur the relationship between past and present. Mimicry and craft are central to reconstructing histories based in research and fiction, allowing for the past to be retold, rebuilt and reconfigured. Pedestrian objects or architectural structures may equally serve as harbingers of the past and as reminders of how some histories are forgotten or shift over time.