I grew up in very rural setting and spent much of my time outdoors. I would gather wood and go hunting with my father in the Summer and Fall, and then spend the long winter months quietly working in the kitchen on embroidery and other feminine pursuits with my mother. Since childhood I have been interested in the mystery of the natural world. In my most recent body of work I have been exploring our relationship with nature. We surround ourselves with elements from nature in the form of manicured lawns, sculpted trees, and our domesticated companions. We bend it to our tastes and create a comfortable place from which to appreciate its unpredictable beauty. My sculptures weave every day objects with the animal form to create new layers of information.
I am excited by the potential of the materials I work with and how they can be manipulated in unexpected ways to construct new meanings. The animals are transformed by the texture and colors of human detritus into allegorically poetic creatures. I am inspired by the elegant forms found in the natural world and by the time honored action of depicting these forms in a way that is relevant to our modern times.
Rachel Denny's last solo exhibition was in October of 2013 at Foster/White Gallery.