(artist Statement*bio)

Through these painterly sculptures, I seek to create an awareness of the in-between space, a space of difference and sameness, of experience and of passage. While making these pieces, I was influenced by Science Fiction, Post-Minimalism, and phenomenology. I am interested in creating shifts between abstraction and perception, a seemingly familiar experience in an invented scape.

Inspired by the alternative realities found in science fiction film and literature, I work in reverse on clear plastic, layering paint to create abstracted one-dimensional images that are then transformed into three-dimensional structural paintings. By abstracting the picture plane into individual curved “Tubes” that are then joined back together to create a three-dimensional image, I am creating a model of what could possibly be.

While the structural component creates dimensionality, the one-point perspective conveys a sense of movement and space. This illusion of space that was widely used during the Renaissance period becomes altered through the curve of each tube. In science fiction, the corridor often conveys the vast size and reach of space. Building on that by utilizing one-point perspective to create images of corridors, I am interested in the transitional experience of moving through that space, moving in-between point A and point B.


Rachel K Bury was born in Eureka, California, and lives in Austin, TX. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Humboldt State University in 2008; a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago in 2011; and a Master of Fine Art in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2014. Her work has been shown at Lullwood Group in San Antonio, CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, Galerie Camille in Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI and Sullivan Galleries in Chicago. She was published as a Juror’s Selection in New American Paintings MFA Annual No. 105 in 2013 and West No. 126 in 2016.