Rachel Niffenegger

Gallery Affiliations: Western Exhibitions

Region: Midwest

I depict the figure in transitional states between being and ghost image, the statuesque and the formless, and painting and sculpture. Each object is a material gesture of the psyche fulfilling the need to solidify a permeable and porous body. My effigies are created, manipulated, and destroyed through ritual. Torsos are cracked, propped up, and covered, faces are absorbed and imbedded in cloth, and paint is picked off and reapplied to appendages. Materials travel between objects and are generated from discarded works, including spray-painted polystyrene, sawdust, concrete, ash, hair, plaster, and paint skins.