Rachel Gardner

I came across Rachel Gardner last year at the Paper Cuts II exhibit. Seeing 6 pieces there, I became a fan. The hallmark of Gardner’s work is specific narrative. Prior to my visit, I didn’t know exactly what the narrative was but knew there was something there.

A formal analysis of Gardner’s work would include things such as: 1) the subject matter is mostly wolves with the occasional appearance of another animal, 2) the palate is monochromatic thereby emphasizing line quality and 3) the use of expressive brush strokes provides a great deal of dynamism and kinetic action. The depth achieved by the artist are only apparent upon seeing the work in person!

I, however, was more impressed to learn that these qualities are simply used to express the artist’s observations on how nature is linked to our modern world. Gardner, born in the Houston suburbs, is a modern day mother nature. She feels strong attractions to the animal world in ways that are respectful with a twinge of regret of how humans treat it. The William Wordsworth poem “The World is Too Much With Us” is significant to Gardner and certainly informs her work.

In the artist’s words, this work “deals with both the ecological and psychological re-engagement with the natural world. It allows for “non-human” animals to be reintroduced to their natural lands in order to restore a balance in our ecosystems and ultimately our human hearts. Rewilding calls for the coexistence of the natural world and our modern world and is a movement currently taking over Europe.”

You can email the artist at RachelGardnerArt@gmail.com. The exhibit,

The artist is offering a 15% discount to readers of this blog.

(Artwork photos provided by the artist.)

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