Rachel Livedalen grew up in Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Virginia. In 2014 Rachel graduated with an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. Rachel Livedalen is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She has held this position since 2014 and heads the printmaking area. Rachel exhibits her interdisciplinary work widely with recent solo exhibitions in Dallas, Tallahassee, and Kansas City. She also recently received a 2017-2018 Kala Fellowship Award from the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA and was accepted into the 2018 Artist Program at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Her creative research explores contemporary femininity through the lens of past histories and mythologies. She is represented by Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, TX.
“….Rachel Livedalen elevates the decayed cultural forms of classical female sculpture to ecstatic heights by way of trapper-keeper, hard glittering aesthetic alchemy. A feat of Necromancy by way of Lisa Frank stickers, the synthesis between oppressively standardized forms and what is in essence, an extension of 90’s girl-power design, revives and reassembles the expectations of feminine beauty towards more personable ends. Citations intact, Livedalen’s reproductions of stale, academic imagery prompts a new interpretation to stem from the limiting factor of physical beauty. Here, the white surface of Grecco-Roman artifacts are rendered accessible, even relatable, imagined as a canvas for the expression of a certain kind of bodily understanding, chosen by Livedalen over what is taught in academic circles.” - May G N in exhibition text for “The Topography of Bodily Sentiments” The New Gallery, 2018