Rachel is a fine art photographer and writer(/poet) based in New York City. She often feels a tension in her vision, to reflect the times &/ what is ancient/spirited. Self taught with film, her first cameras were inherited from her grandparents. The magical quality of the camera as heirloom, heritage, and intuition, are the mechanisms and methodology, to which she explores the capacity of average scenes and occurrences, saturated with a beauty & mystery. Recurring themes are inquiries in expression: selfhood? group identity? individuality? family? belonging?
Personally, as a human who can be described as a mixed Asian/ full American, Filipina, Filipina-American I do not hold to any conclusions. I have a natural curiosity for 'multicultural' ethos. All are prospects: What is organic? What is intention? What is constructed? What is forced? What is recalled? What is foreseen?
Who is the mirror, the seer, the muse, the vulture, the feeler, the shaman, the well, the sword, the receptacle?
Rachel was born in Gaithersburg, MD (1987) and raised in Novato, CA. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, Studio Art Minor from Seattle University and M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts.