Control. The concept of this word can be the kiss of death for an artist. As an artist, do you have complete control over their artwork or is it best to allow your artwork to develop organically?
Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Goldsmith walks a fine line between control and letting the materials of her artwork "naturally interact with each other". Goldsmith, whose work is primarily PLA plastic based, is inspired by the concepts of "control" and "environment". Goldsmith draws inspiration from two sets of contrasts. Within her environment, she is influenced by "the contrast between between man-made and nature; and in materials, the contrast between the control I have over the media and how the media naturally interact with each other. This inspiration manifests itself in my final pieces through contrasts in color, in line, shape and form, and in textures. The scientific, almost stringent and exact, aspects of the environment are reflected in my obsessive attention to detail. These details are added through a very controlled use of materials. In contrast, the spontaneous aspects of nature are present in the organic and fluid aliveness of my compositions, often created through allowing the materials to combine in an uninhibited fashion." Most recently people have commented that my artwork exemplifies my persona.That it all speaks of me: energetic yet peaceful, playful and imaginative yet sophisticated."
Goldsmith creates her work with the 3Doodler. The 3Doodler has the similar function as 3D printers. It melts and cools colored plastic, letting you create rigid an freestanding structures. Rachel explained she is "constantly reacting to how the plastic lands on the canvas, often not in the way she originally intended.'I definitely have some control over the material...but I certainly do not have total control. Its like every other move has to be a beautiful oops.'".
Before embarking on a journey of painting with plastic, Goldsmith received her Masters of Art and Design Education Degree from Pratt Institute in 2007,and her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from The University of Michigan in 2003. Goldsmith taught middle school Visual Arts in New York City for five years before fully committing herself to her art career. Goldsmith's work is now included in several private collections. She also had the honor of working on MOMA's window display in New York. We were thrilled to not only have Goldsmith and her work at our Los Angeles Gallery show, but also to have Goldsmith at the show as a live painter. Our audience was taken back by her artwork.