Reflecting experience of her adolescence during 1990s Girl Power and its emphasis on kitsch femininity, Rachel Livedalen playfully questions representation of women in contemporary society. Using imagery from Grecco-Roman artifacts and elements derived from contemporary girl culture aesthetics – cursive letters made of stars, sticker shapes, and bright colors, she creates her unique sketch board like installation combining traditional printmaking techniques intaglio, screenprint, monoprint, and drawing, stencil and vinyl stickers.
Livedalen grew up in Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Virginia. Upon completion of her degree, Rachel was awarded the Aunspaugh Fellowship from the University of Virginia to continue her creative research on campus. 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.
Rachel Livedalen is represented by Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, TX.