Rachelle Bussières (b.1986, Quebec City, Canada) is a French-Canadian artist living in the Bay Area. Her practice is at the intersection of photography and sculpture, moving through a collision of materials, documents, and transfiguration of assembled sculptural forms through the lumen photographic process. In her current project, she fabricates and assembles objects that are stacked, folded, and arranged as a point of departure to make new document while applying the lumen print process through a series of different exposures with multiple light sources. Rather than focusing on the production of meaning, she seeks to generate new ways of seeing, challenge our beliefs of perception, and draw attention to the ways in which light and shadow sculpt new optical space.
She is the recipient of the Penumbra Foundation Workspace Award, New York; the Graduate Fellowship Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, California; and the Award for Excellence from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Her work has recently been exhibited at Johansson Projects (Oakland, CA), the General French Consulate (San Francisco, CA), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Robert Koch Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco, CA), R/SF Projects (San Francisco, CA), Galerie l’Inlassable (Paris, FR), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA) and Present Company (New York, NY). In the last two years, she was awarded residencies at the Banff Centre in Alberta, the Vermont Studio Center and Sim in Iceland. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a Charter Resident at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco.