Rachel Eulena Williams

 ( 1991, Miami, USA)

Born in 1991 Miami, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, USA


BFA, Cooper Union, New York, USA
Rachel Eulena Williams challenges conventional perspectives on space, both in the formal and environmental connotations of the word.

In an alternative handling of painting materials, Williams challenges the physical and traditional forms of both painting and its presentation. Canvases are sewn, deconstructed and full of moments implying sculptural elements. Rope is transformed and manipulated to visually and structurally hold together un-stretched paintings while simultaneoulsy functioning formally as line. The image creating processes imply a power of movement and creation that continue on the canvas even after the physical action of construction has been completed. Similarly, and just as immediate, is the visible dismantling of the pieces. The full history of these paintings are present, both past and future exist on the same plane and it is impossible to tell which is which. Drawing, painting and sculpture connect retracing abstraction in image, form, and action.

Within these works space can be seen not only in a compositional sense but also as a setting. Driven by the desire to challenge the often limited depictions of outer space as a dead place outside of nature, in these paintings Williams’s use of metallics and earth tones present an environment that while foreign, is not cold or vacant. In the constant construction of new forms, which always also seem to be disassembling and changing, these paintings call to mind not only a dismantling of the traditional form of painting but of traditional imaginings of earths destruction. Williams’s paintings present us with an understanding that destruction is not an end to creation but is inseparable from it.

Valerie Kamen
Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Rachel Eulena Williams, Saint-Étienne
October 26 - December 15, 2018

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Feed the Meter, Wandhaff
September 23 - December 16, 2017

Inflatable tear, New York
January 23 - February 24, 2018


Coastal, Cooper Cole, Toronto, USA
Zero Gravity, Ceysson & Bénétière, Saint-Étienne, France
Inflatable Tear, Ceysson & Bénétière, New York, USA
William King, Annabeth Marks, Annie Pearlman, Rachel Eulena Williams, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, USA

Feed the Meter Vol. II, curated by Wallace Whitney, Ceysson & Bénétière, Wandhaff, Luxembourg
Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
The one and only East Hampton Biennial, curated by Woobie Bogus and Adrianne Rubenstein, East Hampton, USA
Coco Currents, Turn Gallery, New York, USA
Shampoo Effect, MASS Gallery, Austin, USA
Staccato, SomeTime Salon, San Francisco, USA

Dreams come true, Sleep Center, New York, USA
Epizootics, DTCV Firehouse, New York, USA
Dog Show, Center Street, New York, USA

Peek in on a Performance Through the Window of a Closed Gallery, Anya Tchoupakov, Creators, Vice
Episode 23, Rachel Eulena Williams, Deep Color Podcast
Pencil in the Studio: Rachel E. Williams, Pencilinthestudio.com

Rachel Eulena Williams :

L'essor - Daniel Brignon

November 06, 2018

Feed the Meter Vol. 2

Feed the Meter Vol. 2

December 12, 2017