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.
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
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
January 7- February 26 "Apocalypse Maybe" group show Gallery 114 Portland, OR
January 13 -29 Wild and Scenic Film Festival Nevada City, CA
October 16th 2021 Oddities and Curiosities Expo Portland, OR
August 28, 29 2021 Treasure Valley Art Art Festival Meridian, ID
July 10, 11 2021 Summer Arts Festival Bend, OR
June 25-27 2021Summer Arts Festival Roseburg. OR
April -June 2021 Best of the North West Virtual Group Show Seattle, WA
August 31 2020 Burning Man Virtual Show
April 2-25 2020 Marin Society of Artists Images 2020 Santa Rosa, CA
April 10 - May 17 2020 Left Coast Annual Artists Group Show Pacifica, CA
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 Group 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
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.