Born and raised in New York City, Rachel moved to Europe after graduating from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1990 with a degree in Fine Arts. This cultural disconnect triggered a shift from working on the two-dimensional plane to a more direct and physically present approach using materials in spatial settings, leading to many works made on location. This move also set the stage for the themes that have informed her work ever since. Her work deals principally with the psychological displacement experienced along the fault lines in society at points of uncertainty, migration, cultural disorientation, illegality and loss.
In 2002, Bacon moved to the Hague, Netherlands where she now lives and works. She has made work for several public art commissions, received grants and taught at the art school in the Hague. Recent exhibitions include: One one One, the Brno House of Arts, Czech Republic; Float, Scheltema, Leiden, Netherlands, a film and installation linking the experience of present day boat refugees with that of the Pilgrim Fathers; Home Sweet Home Sick, 7 x 11, Heden, the Hague, Netherlands, a drawing project with residents about homesickness and Common Ground, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland.
During the residency, Rachel will be working on the project Transparency Drawings, a series of interview-based drawings of artists’ networks. She will also be making an installation in the studio called Flotsam, with paper models of a broken canoe and a birch tree, inspired by the nostalgia for paradise lost and the many-layered history of Governors Island.
Image Credit: Courtesy of the Artist