Rachel K. Bury creates abstract artworks that toe the line between sculpture and painting, exploring the notion of spaces in between. Rachel’s paintings consist of a series of cylindrical that arranged on a wall to form a “flat” surface.
I enjoy the tension between two and three-dimensional interpretations of Rachel’s artwork. The artist doesn’t simply arrange the tubes that make up her works along a flat rectangular plane, but rather adjusts their positioning so that each work takes on an appearance that’s somewhat akin to a musical instrument, like a church organ. The dynamic arrangements lend an additional layer of symbolic meaning to each work.
In recent pieces, Rachel seems to be playing with abstraction versus figuration in her works, as well. Each piece in her 2016 series seems, at a glance, as though it might be figurative – but upon closer inspection, the painted imagery is fragmented and distorted seemingly just beyond the bounds of literal interpretation.