“When I draw on a surface I start perceiving emerging forms. I am curious. Some marks are explicit and others ambiguous. I am usually not aware of anything specific, but follow the impulse to experience fecund possibility. I am intrigued and obsessed with this realm. It is in this state where mystery lives. It is in this state I feel most at home. Mystery in a work is vital for me. Being in the moment and keeping the work alive are the essence. I believe that as individuals, we have our interpretations and perceptions as unique indicators that are more intimate an imprint than our genetics. They inform the mesh of our experience, knowledge and intuition and do somehow become our existence.”
In order to make a print I will work from my sketches I made of ordinary people in a variety of circumstances as well as drawings from a model or some experience in my life. My prints are about feelings and states of mood, about dreams and expectations. Often I express them through the female figure. I play a roleof narrator and storyteller but I encourage the viewer to approach the piece with his or her unique experience or memory. I enjoy working with relief and intaglio technique as well as monotype. Frequently I like to combine multiple styles and methods to create my own style. Lately I have explored the art of handmade artists’ books as a flexible medium with a wide range of artistic expression and a creative way how to utilize my prints.
Rachelle Mark was born in New York and lived in Utah before settling down in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. at UCLA, and both her BFA and MFA at Otis Art Institute. As a longstanding member of the Los Angeles art scene she has had solo shows in galleries in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and Bergamot, and has participated in numerous group shows both in California and internationally. She has permanent work on the 4th floor of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. She has had numerous commissions, including 6 large-scale paintings for the Library Minyan at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, and one for Magic Johnson, of the Los Angeles Lakers, She has taught high school art, and taught at the American Jewish University, and Everywomen’s Village.