Beyond the Bio is a series that takes you past the canvas and into the minds of the artists and curators who build the contemporary arts community.

Name: Rachel K Bury

Primary Medium: Painting

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No Need for Other Worlds (for precisely the same reasons); Acetate, Acrylic Paint, Matte Medium, Wood; 2016; Dimensions Vary; NFS

What motivates your work?

To explore the differences and balances between the narratives of alternative realities, material manipulation and perceptual awareness. By researching both the literature and films of Science Fiction I am inspired by the visual imagery and conceptual themes of fictional futures.

Why painting?

Through many years of material studies, Acetate became the primary material that I use as a painting surface. I was always drawn to both painting and sculpture because of the histories and artists. Acetate allowed me to give a painting a sculptural form, but to stay true to painting by starting out on flat plane.

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Center Eyes (not been); Acetate, Acrylic Paint, Matte Medium, Wood; 2016; 19”h x 62”w x 3”d

How long have you been an artist and how has your practice changed over time?

I have been an artist for over 12 years. Mostly my practice was experimental in the beginning until I created the process of creating the ‘tubes’. It was important for me to transition from exploration to a set process, it allows for me to now more clearly define the themes and context of my work.

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False Rescue (leak); 2016; Acetate, Acrylic Paint,Matte Medium, Wood; 72”h x 26”w x 5’d

What are you working on right now?

I am working on my installation for the ARTBASH event as well as finishing some small pieces. It is always exciting to be offered a large space to create an installation, working with the architecture and constraints of the space is an inspiring challenge. I just finished up one side to the two-sided piece and an now beginning to paint the other side.

What does the Austin arts community need most as the city continues to grow?

Galleries in New York just started an initiative to slow down the gentrification of neighborhoods, so people and small businesses don’t get forced out of their buildings due to the popularity of the neighborhood. Having a studio in Montopolis, I love our neighbors and I love our weird old building.

I would like to see this community get more support and more of a voice rather than get pushed out. What I think we could use is resources on how to foster and maintain communities that are an integral part of Austin, how to bring those neighborhoods up with the art community that works or resides in it.


Rachel K Bury was born in Eureka, California, and lives in Austin, TX. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Humboldt State University in 2008; a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago in 2011; and a Master of Fine Art in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2014. Her work has been shown at gray DUCK Gallery in Austin, Lullwood Group in San Antonio, CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, Galerie Camille in Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI and Sullivan Galleries in Chicago. She was published as a Juror’s Selection in New American Paintings MFA Annual No. 105 in 2013 and West No. 126 in 2016 as well as a Peripheral Vision Arts Salon 2017 Publication Fellow.

Keep up with Rachel on her website and Instagram.
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