Artist and Conservationist

California, Oregon artist Rachel Pellow uses materials foraged from urban and wild landscapes to create a fascinating blend of natural history, and contemporary art. Part artist, part scientist, Rachel pays particular attention to the color and texture of materials gathered in the field and takes the time to identify the species of plants, animals and fungi used in her work. Back in her studio Rachel assembles the natural materials into a “live sculpture” and then photographs them for print.

 

“My intention in making this art is to give people a moment to question what they see. In that moment of questioning, an opening for something new occurs. I hope that my work advocates for conservation, animal rights, and empathy for all living things”.

 

Proceeds from art sales support the Greensprings Wildlife Sanctuary in the Oregon Cascade-Siskiyou mountains. The sanctuary is open to visitors year round and includes guest cabin, hiking trails and art studio tours by appointment.

Recent Exhibitions
 
Peidmont Center for the Arts

January 6th, 2017

Single piece in the variety Juried Art Show  at Peidmont Center for the Arts featuring local Bayarea artists.

Burning Man Cafe 
Precompression
Brix 581

August 29- September 3 2016

Three pieces from the Natural Reflections collection at Burning Man Cafe at Center Camp

June 18, 2016

Showing at Da Vinci's Dream: an evening of art, inventions, and community at Burning Man Precommpression hosted by American Steel Studios.

March 26 - June 16 2016

Solo Photography show hosted by Brix 581 Oakland

Upcoming Shows

Marin Society of Artists Images 2020 Santa Rosa, CA April 2-25

2020 Left Coast Annual Artists Show Pacifica, CA April 10 - May 17

Portland Oddities and Curiosities Expo

October 10

San Francisco Oddities and Curiosities Expo

October 31

Past Shows

December 5 - February 29 2020 Bhaktibee Solo Artist Feature at Bestow Ashland, OR

October 10 2019 Portland Oddities and Curiosities Expo Portland, OR

January 6 2017 Piedmont Center for the Arts Juried Show Peidmont, CA

 

August 29 - September 3 2016 Burning Man Cafe, Black Rock City, NV

 

June 18 2016 American Steel Studios Precompression Oakland, CA

 

March 26 - June 16 2016 Natural Reflections Solo show at Brix 581, Oakland, CA

Past Work

The Apeiron

    The idea for this collection of photographs started with my compost pile. The idea was to show the process of decay as something other than disgusting and repulsive. To somehow capture the richness and potential in the garbage that we take for granted. In Greek "apeiron" means, the unlimited or infinite. 

    This collection was ready for show in 2010 but would never make it print and was lost due to a burglary.