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Rachel Frank

2017 Artist In Residence

Rachel Frank

Rachel Frank uses sculpture, video, and performance to explore the tensions between the natural world and the human-made, the animal and the political, and the past and the present. Themes of environmentalism and social justice are examined through narratives focused on memory, natural history, extinction, and loss.

While at MAD, Frank will work on a series of sculptures and masks using fabric and other materials to address issues related to climate change and the Anthropocene. Expanding upon recent works focused on the environmental practice of rewilding, as well as her 2017 video project, Vapors, which featured performers wearing the masks of an extinct woolly rhinoceros and a woolly mammoth, Frank will continue to explore visions of our landscape‚Äôs past and present and its sustainability into the future.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Frank received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She has participated in numerous residencies and has exhibited her work internationally. For more information, please visit:

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