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Image: Rachel Farmer, Ancestors Traversing Quilts (detail), 2017. Site-specific installation including ceramic, fabric, batting, and yarn. 77 x 258 x 20 in. Photo: (c) Etienne Frossard.

RACHEL FARMER: Ancestors Traversing Quilts

Jul 27 - Sep 17, 2017

Ancestors Traversing Quilts is a site-specific installation created by Rachel Farmer for our Living Room Gallery. Farmer’s work draws inspiration from a variety of sources: their Mormon pioneer ancestry, childhood play with ceramic figurines, their grandmother’s quilts, historical dioramas, and pop culture’s invented mythologies of the American West. This particular installation grew out of poring over their great-great-grandfather’s diary chronicling his immigrant journey from England to Utah Territory in 1853—while confronting the absence of information about their great-great-grandmother who made the same journey, as a single woman without family, in 1855.

Rachel Farmer is a Brooklyn based artist originally from Provo, Utah (b. 1972). They received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and works in a variety of media, including hand-built ceramic sculpture, photography and video. Their work has been exhibited nationally, and is included in the Brooklyn Museum’s Feminist Art Base, a digital archive. They were awarded a 2013-14 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, and was a resident artist at the Museum of Arts and Design through their Artist Studios Program in 2016.