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Rachael Bridge was born and raised in the small historic town of Clinton, New
York. From the age of five, she found herself captivated by the works of classical
painters like Caravaggio and Goya. Inspired by the magic that emanated from
those works, Rachael began to create her own pieces, which soon became points
of concern at parent-teacher conferences. The dark aura of her earliest works, as
well as her preoccupation with drawing during class time, alarmed her teachers at
Saint Mary’s Catholic School.
Rachael’s artistic inclinations were in great contrast to her struggle with the school’
s mundane curriculum---a plight which gained her the label of learning-disabled.
And while her self-esteem faltered in the face of difficult coursework, Rachael found
a source of confidence and fulfillment in her art---an escape from the pains of self-
doubt and inadequacy. For in her art, Rachael found freedom from the
disappointments and compromises of everyday life. On canvas, she acquired a
control that outshined the bonds of conformity that had rendered her an outcast.
As an adult, Rachael Bridge continues to view painting as a remedy for
dissatisfaction with the real world. The reality of having to alter one’s own behavior
to fit the demands of society often instigates feelings of frustration. In a world that
controls us, one must retreat within to find autonomy.
Discontent with the shackles of the outside world,
Rachael has found comfort and sovereignty in the world of her own creation.
A large portion of Rachael’s past work dealt with themes of life and death.
Rachael was familiarized to the concept of mortality at a very young age.
Among many formative experiences was the birth of her younger brother,
who just days into his life was forced to undergo open heart surgery,
becoming the youngest person in United States history to receive a
pacemaker. The image of her baby brother lying in a hospital incubator, his
skin blue, was branded into her memory.
Rachael’s work has gradually progressed from autobiographical themes
and morbidity to incorporate otherworldly imagery, which offers a
romanticized take on the unsettling aspects of reality. Beyond the
unavoidable influences of the concrete world, dream experiences and the
depths of imagination have become integral inspirations for her art. Rachael’
s method begins by capturing a simple photo reference, which she skews to
match her subjective perception and artistic interpretation of the image. The
result is a style that warps the subtleties of classical portraiture to more
vibrantly express the underlying emotions, vividly exhibiting the intangible
weight of human passions
|Untitled 24 x 36 oil on canvas
|Drone 18 x 24 oil on board
|Lilith 14 x 20 Oil on Canvas
|Lucifer Oil on Board 11 x 16
|Wormwood Oil On Canvas 16 x 20
|Trembling In The Balance 35 x 35 oil On canvas
|Time Passed 35 x 35 oil on Canvas