Digital Color Photograph
20 x 30 inches
BIO: Rachel Rampleman studied at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Art & Art Professions (MFA in Studio Art) and the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (BFA in Electronic Media). Best known for her witty and acerbic video work challenging gender stereotypes and constructions of “feminine” identity, she has had solo and group shows as well as screenings throughout the United States. Internationally, her work has been shown at the Shanghai Biennale (Brooklyn Pavilion, 2012-13) in China, JAM in Bangkok, Thailand, and throughout Europe at Monte Arts Centre (Antwerp, Belgium), Art Cinema OFFoff (Ghent, Belgium), C/O Berlin, Die Fruhperle, and The Secret Cabinet (Berlin, Germany). www.rachelrampleman.com
STATEMENT: Born and raised in the suburbs of the Midwest, Rampleman’s various bodies of work explore subjects like gender, artifice, and spectacle through the tinge of a very American lens. Part directorial, part curatorial, and part anthropological, she probes into oft–overlooked elements of American culture to reveal an expanded landscape of American life. Rampleman’s work frequently showcases strong female personalities—women who are simultaneously aberrant and superhuman—who challenge the common clichés of masculinity and femininity and who often assume roles typically associated with men. This is a landscape where sexual braggadocio, heavy-metal rock stardom, or muscularity have become characteristic of feminine prowess.