Rachel Kirk


My drawing process is guided by inconsistency and imperfection, the very things that make me human. In order to develop a deeper understanding of the natural world, I visually engage with the patterns and textures that I find so mystifying through the act of copying and altering them. I begin by replicating a specific pattern or concept, employing a system of deliberate markmaking that celebrates, and is usually guided by, the prospect of chance. I often utilize microscopes to identify source patterns in what I call a “sloppy scientific method” – I am enthralled by visual investigation using scientific instruments, even though I might not know the name of the mold or fungus sample that I’ve collected. Colors and mediums are selected throughout the creative process, as I respond to the initial marks in a fluid and free-form manner, while maintaining precision with the execution. While every piece is uniquely considered, my mixed-media drawings typically include any combination of: graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic, gesso, marker, colored pencil, and chalk pastel.

Almost But Not Quite Dead Inside
prismacolor marker, watercolor, graphite on paper 14 x 17 inches

Putrified and Petrified

graphite, ink, acrylic on paper, 10 x 10 inches

Can’t Talk With This One
graphite, watercolor, salt on paper, 9 x 12 inches