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Finding the Intense Sweetness in Making: Rachel Klinghoffer on Repurposing Ephemera into Icons

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

Raised in an artistic family, Rachel talks about memory, spirituality, motherhood, and how the process of making is embedded in her life. Rachel received her M.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and her B.F.A. in painting, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Rachel has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. She currently has a solo, If You Like Piña Coladas, Curated by Lauren Powell at One River School, Woodbury, NY

By repurposing materials, making and remaking them into paintings and sculptures, Klinghoffer prompts a reimagining of uses for these relic-like objects. Articles reflect the artist’s personal connection to femininity, craft-making, Judaism, romance, pushing the definition of painting. Through time, the items become specimens, icons. They are poked, prodded, stained, sprayed, stroked, rubbed, dipped, then pulled, torn, cracked open and broken apart making up and becoming the new work.


  • Holding onto the ephemeral

  • How objects inspire

  • Working with “things that are worn out”

  • The spiritual in art

  • Organizing and categorizing as part of the process of making

  • Move with ease and surrendering to the flow of making

  • Thinking of color as speed

  • Not having everything sit on the same note visually

  • Motherhood

  • Saying “yes”

Artists Mentioned:

Michelle Grabner

Judy Glantzman

Holly Hughes

Marina Adams

Candida Alvarez

Michiko Itatani

Hilary Doyle

Lauren Comito

Eleanna Anagnos

Sarah Brenneman

Allison Reimus

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