Lot 37
Rachel Fein-Smolinski

Deflection (Target Moves)

2016/2019
Archival pigment print
20 x 30 inches
Signed sticker on verso
Artist's proof
Donated by the artist
$300-600

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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