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. 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. Her creative research explores contemporary femininity as seen through the lens of past histories and mythologies. Rachel exhibits her interdisciplinary work widely and is represented by Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, TX.
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.