rachelle gardner-roe

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is back with Kansas City artist Rachelle Gardner Roe (@rachellegardnerroe)! We are thrilled to see what a day in the life of Rachelle looks like for the next several days.

Rachelle works in a variety of mediums including installations, fiber works and drawings that focus on repetition and repeated forms. Rachelle has exhibited regionally and nationally, including The Mulvane Art Museum, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and The Chautauqua Institution, among others.

We are looking forward to what Rachelle has to share with us, so here are a few words from her about her work and current art practice…

“I consider all my work to be works in lace. I mean this literally, abstractly and sculpturally, whether I use a sewing machine as a drawing tool to stitch pictorial lace, write layer upon layer of cursive text to create portraiture with a lace-like effect, or combine lace fabric with resin to create dimensional sculpture.

In its construction, I see more than kitsch doilies or superficial decoration. Lace represents countless individual threads intertwined to create interdependent networks with the nuance of  connection shaping endless possibilities of pattern. As broad as this cultural metaphor might be, lace also represents the intimate and delicate, as well as the domestic and historic traditions in handcraft.

My work has always been grounded in this nature of dichotomy and the oscillating exchange that occurs by combining dissimilar media and processes is an expression of the desire for and in search of balance in body, mind, and action.”

We are excited to see what Rachelle has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Rachelle on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, September 28th – Tuesday, October 3rd!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle