Rachel David, raised in Maryland resident of Waynesville NC, is a blacksmith, sculptor, designer and maker. Her metalwork practice is holistic; encompassing art, furniture, architectural elements, activism, collaborations and gardening. The work focuses on social and environmental justice, community, and communication; analyzing the many layers of colonization, restraints and expectations across bodies and landscapes. There is little more visceral and compelling than moving steel. This work is made using traditional and industrial forging operations to massage shapes and forms referencing the body and landscape from steel into home furnishings. It carries concept and craft as coequals. It focuses on social and environmental justice, community, and communication. In its production I consider the many layers of colonization, restraints and expectations across bodies and landscapes. The work is inspired by my life and body, the landscapes I’ve passed through and the processes of metalworking I specialize in. The work of furniture is by nature interactive, considerate, comforting and durable. It is an adornment, it is ornament, and it is a relationship. Each creative opportunity is another chance to be challenged as a maker and citizen: a moment to take risks to express feelings and expand understanding of both materials and concepts.
Rachel has been a visiting artist at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (LA), The Crucible (CA), and Community-First Forge (TX). She taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME), Peters Valley School of Craft (NJ), Appalachian Center for Craft (TN), the New Agrarian School (MT), and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (IL). Rachel organized and curated the exhibitions Nu Iron Age in 2017 and Meta Formation: Experiments and Rituals in 2019. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions and received Best in Show and Artist Gold Choice award at the Smithsonian Craft Show in 2019, only the second time in their history. Her work has been published in books and magazines including Ironwork Today 4 and is included in the collections of the City of New Orleans, the Simone Benetton Foundation, and numerous private individuals.
- Waynesville, NC
- Professional Status