Rachel Davis is a mixed media artist, ikebanaist (Japanese flower arranger) and psychologist, born
and bred in New York City, and thrilled to call the San Francisco Bay Area home. She is drawn to what’s beneath the surface and can never fully be known. The skill of deep watching, and humility about ever really knowing the whole picture, are central to her work. Davis is also pulled to beauty for it’s own sake, and to pure play and abandon. The freedom to move back and forth between mediums and moods is central to keeping joy at the helm of her creative process.
Davis received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Columbia University, and, as Ruth Davis Kalb, her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University’s Derner institute. She’s been mentored in Ikebana for twenty plus years and has studied classical portraiture as well as mixed media art and printmaking.
“There’s a difference between emptiness and space.” - Yoshi Hollis, First Level Ikebana Teacher
"Everything is autobiographical and everything is a portrait.” - Lucian Freud
Paying close attention, and surrendering to the inevitability of self expression, are what drive my art process. I’m fascinated by the tension between light and dark, connection and disconnection. I’ve learned to follow the call of seemingly random collage images and love having at surfaces with violent scraping tools. A strong mood and story is hinted at in much of my work, and things are often left unsaid or moving in and out of focus, urging the viewer to linger and discover more. Words are variously revealed and concealed, often in languages I don’t understand. As an artist and psychologist, I’m endlessly moved by how we humans try, often fail, yet try again to communicate with one another. Finally, I’m drawn to quiet, and how much is expressed in silence, on the panel or the face, for those who care to look.
UPCOMING & RECENT EXHIBITIONS & PRESENTATIONS:
Crescendo Gallery - Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley “Little Women” solo exhibition curated by Ronie Dalton & Margaret Moster
Art2Life Academy, Master Class “Getting Unstuck” international, online artist community founded by Bay Area artist Nicholas Wilton
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA “BOLD” exhibit juried by gallerist Robert Green
ICB Building, Sausalito, CA Marin Open Studios
Desta Gallery, San Anselmo, CA “The Art of Ikebana” invited presentation by Emebet Korn, Desta owner and gallerist
San Francisco Women Artists, “Textures & Patterns” exhibit juried by Deborah Corsini, former curator San Jose Museum of Textiles
ICB Building, Sausalito, CA “Artists at Work” Open Studios
Ruby Living, Mill Valley, CA “Focus on the Figure” curated by Sally Cote
Jen Tough Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Wild Things” Pop-up show curated by Jen Tough
Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Snap” exhibit juried by Arc staff
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA “Feast of Color” exhibit juried by Leslie Allen
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA “Bay Area Women Artists” exhibit juried by Donna Seager & Suzanne Grey of Seager Grey Gallery
Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA Three pieces accepted into Juried Group Fine Art Show
Art2Life Academy and Creative Visionary Path - Nicholas Wilton
Abstract mixed media - Jane Davies
Monotype printmaking - Cindy Miracle & Katie Gilmartin
Sogetsu Ikebana with Yoshi Hollis