This body of work came about as a need to cope with the “Me Too” movement taking over every social media platform; opening locked doors to my past. This work focuses on dealing with trauma in relation to today’s society, navigating this topic within personal relationships, and other forms of distress. This body of work focuses on the strength of the current individual, the natural defenses that are in place as a result of trauma, and the strength that can be found in community.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rachel Linnemann is an Appalachian artist teaching at the University of Cincinnati where she received her Master’s in Fine Art in 2021. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and a minor in Psychology. Linnemann was chosen for the Revealed early career artist series for the Sculpture Center and will have a 2023 solo show. Linnemann was awarded first place in the 2021 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award juried by Mark Dion. As a result she debuted her solo show, Appalachian Woman, at the Miami University Lee Gallery in 2022. Her thesis was awarded Best in School for DAAPcares, 2021. She has worked as a professional Artist, Educator, and Preparator for various organizations such as the Cincinnati Art Museum (OH), Bucknell University (PA), Artworks Cincinnati (OH), and Applied Imagination (KY). Linnemann recently completed a residency with the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio where she exhibited for the show Emerge. Her work has been shown in Ohio, Michigan, Greece, Louisiana, Indiana, Maryland, and Kentucky. She works across media to develop a language surrounding mental health, growth, resilience, and joy
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