My grandma kept a special drawer of tiny objects for me in her kitchen. As a toddler, the drawer was just my height, and the contents changed with every visit: a spool of thread, a tiny metal spring, a bumpy thimble, a funny-shaped rock. Growing up in South Florida somewhere between the lagoon, the strip malls, and the orange tree groves, I learned to make my own fun and to stay curious about the world.
In my work, I explore themes of humor and wonder through careful still life constructions documented with a mixture of digital and analog tools. My process is heavily informed by collecting, exploring, and manipulating materials. My work has been shown internationally in both fine art spaces and editorial publications and is held in private collections.
As an educator, I design choice-based curricula for K-20 and adult learners with a focus on personal meaning-making, play, and discovery, and I believe strongly in my role as a facilitator of ideas before products. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Currently, I'm based in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.
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Selected awards, residencies
Artist-in-residence, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia
Feed Your Soul Fellowship, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Passionate Photographer grant, Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Patricia Lion Krongard Award for Excellence in Art Education
Constructivism*, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia
Break a Leg, Photo-Emphasis, juried group exhibition
Making Art While Teaching, Leidy Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
Lessons: Classrooms of the American South*, Main Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
The Collective, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC
Provocation, NY Photo Festival, powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
© Rachael Hulme 2021