“Visual art is not a passion for me, it happens out of necessity”
Rachel Jag, a self-taught artist, currently based in Vienna, was born in Russia in 1985.
After finishing at the Sigmund Freud High School, she went on to study at the “Graphische”, a college for Print, Prepress and Media Technology, after which she worked as a graphic designer and web developer. At a young age, she was involved in various music projects as a singer and songwriter, and came to visual arts through listening to melodies that made a big impact on her. Since then, she explores the relation between color and sound, and has moved to the artistic field of visual arts.
“WATER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN MY WORK, IT HOLDS THE INFORMATION FOR EVERYTHING. IT HELPS TO CONNECT WITH DIFFERENT WORLDS AND DIMENSIONS, STORIES AND SOUNDS, ALSO STRENGTHENS CREATIVITY AND ENHANCES INTUITION…“
While many printing projects have followed, like screen printing on textiles as well as prints on paper, it was the relationship between colour and sound that kept bringing her back most strongly to the artistic field of visual arts. Drawn by melodies, the artist transforms fragments of compositions into shape and colour combinations. Also rhythmic elements are captured with her inner voice leading a marker to be tapped onto the paper. Her works, often fragile and subtle, while on the other hand often dramatic and bold.
“My artwork is never about what ‘I’ want to see, more importantly it is about what is being shown to me and what comes through me. When it’s done, I just put it away, I don’t look for any single ‘interpretation’ or ‘message’, or some sort of translation into words. I prefer to call it a careful ‘approach’ to something undiscovered, or even unknown. I might receive answers on an emotional level, but this could happen after several months, several years, or even never”.
“The essence of a short moment, or even a strangely familiar sound, may lead to a very deep artistic process“
Exploring the approach to the unknown, trying to get closer to the creative process of turning one flash of inspiration in a single moment into something with a life of its own, is the most fascinating to the artist. Intuition leads the way. Every single step in the working process is never premeditated. To have trust, to let the ‘unknown be shown’, is often very challenging. The communication between the artist, the source of her inspiration and what is being created on paper opens up new, unseen doors and unexplored fields.
Born in Russia/ Pjatigorsk 1985
Sigmund Freud High School Vienna
2 year College at the Höhere Graphische Bundes- Lehr und Versuchsanstalt (Print, Prepress and Media Technology)
graphic design and web development
several music projects (singing, songwriting)
artprints, digital and screen printing
selected for Salzburg Sommerakadie 2018 / Ei Arakawa
Art and creative workshops
ORF Kulturmontag- Austrian largest media provider / studio visit 2020
featured in …
Bruxelles Art Vue limitless Nature 2022 / Brussels
and many more
23.06.- 27.06.2020 Vienna Volkstheater U Bahn, Verein Red Carpet
07.07.2020 Vienna 1210, Floriwood
10.07.2020 Vienna 1050, Verein Kunstschaffen- in the Heat of the Night
25.06. -28.06.2022 Vienna 1160, Garage Grande by high brow institute, Homo Techno Machina Humana
18.06.- 24.08.2022 Berlin, Galerie im Körnerpark, Anonymous drawings, curated by Anke Becker (drawing sold in the first week)
23.04.- 05.05.2023 Vienna 1130, Verein Grätzleben Digital Art Print Exhibition
28.04.- 04.05.2023 Rome/ Italy, Gallery Art number 23
13.05.- 25.05.2023 Rome/ Italy, exhibition Night Skies and Astro Imaging curated by loosenart
soon group exhibitions in London and Madrid and USA