Rachel Herrick (b. 1979) creates satirical work about stigma, identity, and information dissemination. Herrick’s pseudo-scientific museum exhibitions document the field of study around the North American Obeast, a genus of mammals she invented to satirize bias and the cultural panic surrounding the obesity epidemic. Her installation-based work spans a wide variety of media including sculpture, video, photography and performance. Herrick is currently finishing a two-volume bookset about her project, which is being published by the Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, ME, via Publication Studio.
Herrick is based in North Carolina and has exhibited throughout the US, most recently at the Beland Gallery in Lawrence, MA, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, ME, and the Green Hill Center for NC Art. Her work can be found in the collections of the William Penn Foundation, Comcast Headquarters, the NC Bar Association, and the American Council on Exercise. Herrick received her MFA from the Maine College of Art and a BA in Writing from Methodist University.
Artist website: www.rachelherrick.com
Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies official site: www.obeasts.org
Rachel’s blog: www.rachelherrick.wordpress.com