Rachel Merrill-Schwaller Among 12 Artists Selected for Biennial Show at South Bend Museum of Art

September 5, 2019

Now in its 30th incarnation, the South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 30 presents a diverse look into contemporary artwork made by artists living in the Midwest. Open to artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, this exhibition is an up-to-date dialogue of art happening in our own backyard. The pool of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. From 337 submitting artists, twelve were selected by juror Sarah Rose Sharp, a Detroit-based writer, activist, photographer and multimedia artist.

Rachel’s Artist Statement: In an act to be something I’m not, I expose what I really am—a stupid good sport. Using American sports competition (organized conflict) as a metaphor, I probe the performative demands of contemporary womanhood. The work is a cultural critique of the flamboyant visual spectacle of organized conflict and the painful personal conflict within. Wrapped in synthetic materials, I produce obsessively, to the breaking point, all the while playing nice like a good sport.

Rachel’s current body of work can be found at her site.

The Biennial 30 is on display July 27 – September 29, 2019 at the Warner Gallery, South Bend Museum of Art.