I’m Rachel Brown Smith, a Portland-based artist attending Graduate School at PNCA. Utilizing strategies of illustration, and drawing on the visual language of psychedelia and popular culture, I repeat, remix and recombine personal imagery and disarticulated parts of the body with the symbolism of spiritual traditions. Through this process of re-contextualization, my work rekindles utopian ideals and speaks to the unity in multiplicity.
Through the application of dynamic line work, an entheogenic palette, and complex multi-layered compositions in a variety of media ranging from markers to cut paper, I create art that recalls ritual and signifies states of higher consciousness and awareness.
My work reflects my meditations and investigations into esoteric systems such as the chakras and the Tarot, ecstatic experience, and expressions of the sacred feminine. The imagery that I employ is drawn from a number of sources including Eastern religion, Western mysticism, micro/macrocosmic designs found in nature, mandalas, fractals, and sacred geometry. I endeavor to awaken viewers to a new consciousness of the beauty, mystery, and interconnectedness of the world when viewing my art.
Elaborate pulsating pattern, optical abundance and sensorial symbolism are characteristic of my work. A process of mindful making and self-reflection charges these visual archives, each a document of my dedication and devotion, with a unique radiant energy. Each piece exists as a singular cosmological event within the greater galaxy of my practice.
Thanks for dropping by my page; I hope you enjoy.
Current Residence: Portland Oregon
Favourite genre of music: Psychedelic Rock
Favourite style of art: Psychedelic, Visionary, Post-Impressionist, Op-Art, Contemporary
Personal Quote: "I do not do drugs, I am drugs," -Salvador Dali