I'm a storyteller and maker living in Brooklyn, New York. 

Ráchel Räder, the Chief Investigator, in Arizona, 2015.

Ráchel Räder, the Chief Investigator, in Arizona, 2015.


how i got here

I earned my Bachelor in Fine Arts in Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2006.

After school I packed up my car and headed west where I lived for about 8 years in Seattle, Washington and a short stint in Portland, Oregon.

On the west coast I felt completely immersed in the supportive Pacific Northwest art community where I had the pleasure of working for amazingly talented artisans and paying my bills as a production glassblower and instructor. I taught glassblowing, lamp-working and sand casting at Pratt Fine Arts Center where I also made my artwork.

Photos of Her Majesty fabrication taken by James Harnois at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA.

Photos of Her Majesty fabrication taken by James Harnois at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA.

Photo Credit: Laura Livingston

Photo Credit: Laura Livingston

I received the Jon and Mary Shirley scholarship in 2010 which helped me produce the artwork for my first solo exhibition titled, Her Majesty at the Pratt Fine Arts Center gallery, in Seattle. 

Pratt Fine Arts Gallery, 2011

Pratt Fine Arts Gallery, 2011

This body of work has since been exhibited in several venues including The Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. 

Pratt Fine Arts Center Gallery, 2011

Pratt Fine Arts Center Gallery, 2011

In 2012, I received the Artist Trust fellowship which allowed me to purchase equipment for my art practice. This has continued to aid in my making and confidence as an artist. 

In 2014, I was a part of a group exhibition called Uncommon Beauty, at the Bullseye Gallery New York with Amanda Simmons and Ted Sawyer (Curated by Michael Endo). With work from my Ancient Truth Investigators (ATI) narrative. 

Bullseye Gallery NY

Bullseye Gallery NY

To provide an alternate context, I have created an alter ego who is the Chief Investigator for the Ancient Truth Investigators. Through ideals associated with New Age Mysticism, I give deeper meaning to the objects that I make. This project is an invitation to the audience to suspend their disbelief and engage with my artwork with a heightened sense of receptivity to a fantastical experience. The organization is a construct, but my belief in the power of positive manifestations, and the magic of storytelling is very real.

The Chief at Quirk Gallery, 2014

The Chief at Quirk Gallery, 2014

The ATI storyline continues to evolve. One facet that has blossomed is the participation of fellow artists. As part of the Ancient Truth Investigators project, I invite artists to participate in the ATI world, and find their voice (or their imagined character’s voice), through the parameters of the storyline. Artists enter this project for a period of time to explore, play, and create something new outside of their own artistic practice. Each member of this rotating cast of artists, brings nuances to the Ancient Truth Investigators project that didn’t exist before. As participants freely enter and exit the world, they leave behind their everlasting mark on the ATI project.

Samayyah Sharif, Jason Blandford, Rachel Rader, and Alissa Friedman.

Samayyah Sharif, Jason Blandford, Rachel Rader, and Alissa Friedman.

Sedona, Arizona, 2014: Jason Blandford and Rachel Rader. 

Sedona, Arizona, 2014: Jason Blandford and Rachel Rader. 

Sometimes these artists join for one performance, while others join me for a period of time in story-development, in which they create their own data and supporting artifacts that live within this world.

The Latest Findings at the UrbanGlass Gallery, was the first exhibition to incorporate work from a participant.  In 2015, The Ancient Truth Investigators exhibition included work from Jason Blandford and I. His prints added to the richness of the exploration presented in this space. 

UrbanGlass Gallery, 2015

UrbanGlass Gallery, 2015

In 2016, I had a residency at WheatonArts, in New Jersey, which allowed me the freedom to develop my Chief Investigator character. Then shortly after, I had a residency at the MAD|Museum of Arts and Design, in New York. 

WheatonArts, 2016

WheatonArts, 2016

House of Truth at WheatonArts, 2016

House of Truth at WheatonArts, 2016

With the help of participants Amanda Patenaude and Amy Lemaire, I explored the concept of the ATI laboratory through video and sculptural objects. Amanda and Amy created explorations in sculptural form, which we presented at the Glass Art Society Conference in 2017, both in performance and in an exhibition. 

WheatonArts, 2016

WheatonArts, 2016

You can view videos, and images from this investigation at AncientTruthInvestigators.com.

Origin Gallery, 2017

Origin Gallery, 2017

While simultaneously exploring the performative and sculptural side of ATI, I've also created a line of wearable objects that live within the narrative. While in character as the Chief Investigator, I say that I find the specimens that these jewelry pieces are made from. In reality, I'm using fused glass, metal and other materials to create fantastical versions of geological specimens. I call the jewelry line Chakra Enhancers and weave in my imagined ATI ideology as the concept behind this series. 

Spotted Quartz Meta Neckalce, 2017

Spotted Quartz Meta Neckalce, 2017

This project is constantly progressing. The wide net of possibility that I have cast with ATI, continues to expand with every new experience. I'm so excited for what's next!

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