Rachel Mason (b. 1978) is a New York-based artist born in Los Angeles. Whether sculpting the bust of a president, or giving voice to the imagined internal narrative of a dictator through song, artist and performer Rachel Mason renders history intimate and subjective, blurring the autobiographical and fictional with the historical. Mason’s solo exhibitions include The Lives of Hamilton Fish, Marginal Utility Gallery, Philadelphia (2010); I Rule With A Broken Heart, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago (2009); The Candidate, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles (2008); and Still Legends, Jessica Murray Gallery, NYC (2004). Her group exhibitions include Fuel For the Fire, David Zwirner Gallery, NYC (2012); Three Points Make A Triangle, Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2012); Personal Histories, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI (2010); People Weekly, James Gallery, City University of New York, NYC (2008); and Democracy in America, Park Avenue Armory, NYC (2008).
Mason was awarded the NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship Award (2012), the Susan H. Whedon Award (2004), and the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize (2004). She was a nominee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant (2009) and Rema Hort Mann Grant (2008). Publications include The New York Times (2010, 2004), Artforum (2009), Modern Painters (2008), and The Huffington Post (2008). She received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University.
Photo credit: courtesy of the artist