Lot 37
Rachel Fein-Smolinski

Deflection (Target Moves)

Archival pigment print
20 x 30 inches
Signed sticker on verso
Artist's proof
Donated by the artist

Rachel Fein–Smolinski uses science–fictional visual strategies to interrogate issues of courage, pain, neuroses, and the power dynamics embedded in the Western healthcare system. Presenting viewers with a glistening still life full of objects and symbols related to science and medical fields, Fein–Smolinski prompts questions of what role visual pleasure plays in intellectual inquiry. Fein–Smolinski is currently a Photography Lecturer in The School of Art + Design at The University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign.

Community Perspective

Rachel Fein Smolinski’s work creates a fantastical system of logic rooted in our reality, where an alter-ego, a “caricature of a neurotic, intellectual hero”, performs an alternative medical practice. Like an imaginative Where’s Waldo, I find myself combing through the information and contradictions she presents. An excerpt from a textbook, a small creature preserved in formaldehyde, an image through a microscope—moments of delightful formal play exists besides images that incite bodily discomfort. I feel as though I can connect and reconnect information infinitely and Fein Smolinski’s alter ego is my theatrical guide to the bodily problem. - Ema Furusho, 2019-2020 Scholar @ Silver Eye

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