Rachel Henriksen lives and works in Provo, Utah and is currently a senior Studio Art BFA candidate at Brigham Young University. Henriksen recently received an honorable mention for her work in the Bountiful Davis Art Center 45th Annual Statewide Art Competition and most recently had a solo show of her work at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City, Utah.
My work builds visual narratives that grow from an engagement with patterns and shapes from a range of sources and experiences. The work establishes systems and hierarchies, which are then ruptured and interrupted to generate new forms for navigating visual experience. My interests lay in the porousness of culture, perception, and identity, and my current body of work provides a way to explore and process my background and experience. I aim to challenge the notion that identities and cultures, and our individual perceptions of the two, are unalterable, fixed. As I confront, break down, and build upon my ideals, I feel a freedom to construct hybridized and evolving forms. This process, and the corresponding forms that emerge, relate to the way my awareness shifts and evolves as I seek for greater empathic connection and navigate the world visually, emotionally, and culturally.