Rachael Zur

Region: Pacific Coast

 Traces of us linger in the physical world, even in our absence. There is an evocative nature to domestic objects and spaces, which hold the residual energy of lives lived, long after people are gone. My work depicts ordinary objects from living rooms belonging to people I have loved and lost. However, it is not grief that I am interested in conveying but the residue of the affection that is left behind.

I blend sculptural physicality with traditional painting techniques. Supports for the works are made of wood and then wrapped in plaster gauze. I paint into the plaster while it is still wet. Sometimes I add fabric and ceramic components to the work. Texture becomes a way of communicating touch—my own touch held in my work, and what my viewer imagines feeling with their own hand. In this way, my work holds my touch similarly to how a room or an object holds the essence of a person when that person is no longer present.