RACHELLE L. WEIR
“My figurative sculpture is introspective and expressive. The materials I use, many of which were once discarded, are rich, tactile and authentic.”
Rachelle uses many diverse materials, and construction techniques in her work. She is especially drawn to woodcarving and the use of found elements in her sculpture. She takes inspiration from vintage materials that are rich, tactile and authentic, most of which come from treasure hunts in dusty barns, wood piles and flea markets. She loves to balance fun and function in her work adding movement, unique texture or a hint of humor. Her more personal pieces are carved elements of human form as a representation of strength, reflection, and wholeheartedness.
Born in Southern California and raised on a urban farm in rural Yorba Linda, crafting was encouraged at home and she began carving at age 10. Involvement in active youth clubs and art classes in high school encouraged creativity and making art projects for competition and critique. She received a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from California State University, Fullerton and studied sculpture at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Exposed to kinetic sculpture in the UK, the concept of movement enticed her creativity and she has explored adding mechanical movement to her wood sculpture ever since.
Based out of Orange County, Rachelle has stayed focused on her artwork through her career as a graphic artist and exhibit designer for Agricultural Fairs in California. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family who share her love of the outdoors and help search for creative materials.