Rachel Livedalen is an interdisciplinary artist with a particular interest in print media. Her creative research explores contemporary femininity as seen through the lens of past histories and mythologies. This usually involves the study of social practices, familial roles, and cultural phenomenon. Rachel has exhibited her work widely and is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Texas Christian University. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2014 and her BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Virginia. She currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
Gender roles and representations have shifted throughout history yet remain firmly attached to their antecedents. My creative research focuses on contemporary girlhood and womanhood through the consideration of historical socio-cultural symbols and mythologies, as well as how these forces intersect at the present moment to create a complicated relationship of gender identity and expectations.
While trained as a printmaker, I infuse my interdisciplinary work with drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance. Consistently woven throughout my work are themes regarding the multiple, repetition, and pattern. These themes are intrinsically tied to print media and allow a larger dialogue about the denial of the ideal to emerge within my work.