The Entropy Project / Rachael Mayer Art
Rachael Mayer’s art identifies that which is understated yet foundational; those things requiring investigation and contemplation in order to understand. We asked Rachael to share a recent project and tell us a bit about her process.
"I make work about communities, social structures and networks—about our connections to each other, even if we’d rather not have them.
I am a fiber and paper sculptor and installation artist. I take traditional craft techniques and position them in a contemporary art context through experience-based work. Art is not about clear communication, but has an amazing ability to encourage viewers and participants to think about things without telling them what to think.
I thought for quite a while that I would pursue a career in social work or art therapy but when I pared down to what I was truly passionate about, I found that being a maker and sharing my work with the world was really what I wanted. I’m still trying to find balance in my life and I know that my studio practice will change and sustain itself as I do.
I moved frequently as a child and young adult and my parents as they were moving us across the country time and time again would take us to national parks and forests and lakes. I grew up with these incredible natural landscapes and associating them with my consistent community—my family. For this project, I drew on landscape and topography and situate these concepts within community, social constructions, and the ways in which we form networks. I called it Entropy because I wanted to reference the number of states any given system might have.
Entropy is constantly increasing, meaning that we are moving towards a universe with more and more possibilities."