Rachel Mica Weiss (b. Rockville, MD, 1986) is a sculptor and installation artist based in Brooklyn and Pittsburgh. Her work reconstitutes various boundaries--architectural, topographical, and psychological--to demonstrate their impact upon us. Her installation practice is rooted in the craft of weaving—its technical processes, historical uses, and relationships to architecture. Using an environment’s unique architectural elements as her framework, she creates interventions that draw upon textiles’ historical functions of dividing and controlling space. Her sculptures, scaled to the human body, combine textile languages with the density of stone, cast forms, and wood constructions—components that balance uneasily, vie for dominance, or are inextricably intertwined. Weiss’s work draws attention to the constraints within our physical and psychological spaces, asking us to reimagine those so-called barriers as flexible, passable, and porous.
Weiss earned a BA in psychology from Oberlin College, an MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, and is a 2011 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship. Weiss has been the subject of seven solo exhibitions at the following venues: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Lux Art Institute, San Diego, CA; LMAK Gallery and Fridman Gallery, New York, NY; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; and the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA.
Weiss has been commissioned to create permanent, site-specific installations for: the US Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Airbnb, Seattle, WA; Brookfeld’s One Allen Center in Houston, TX; 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, NY; The Ashland in Brooklyn, NY; and MediaMath’s 4 World Trade Center office, among others. Current public art projects include installations for The Pittsburgh International Airport and, in collaboration with the Gates Foundation, the University of Washington’s Public Health Initiative. Press includes: The San Diego Union Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Hyperallergic, Bad at Sports, Vice, ArtNet News, NPR, Forbes, Interior Design Magazine, Dwell, and Surface Magazine, among others.