Rachel Dory is an Austin, Texas based artist known for her site-specific paintings of scenes found along roadside America.
About the Artist
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My art explores roadside locations in Texas and across America that stop me in my tracks to take another look, and linger in my memory long after I have left. I seek answers to the unique questions each location presents. Each painting embodies what I saw, heard, smelled, tasted and felt when I was there, and serves as a door through which each viewer experiences their own memories.
The ability for myself and others to revisit and experience each location over time is critical to my process, so I note the exact latitude and longitude of the site on the back of each painting. The locations I paint are stumbled upon while en route from one place to another. The unrooted yet soothing feeling of being “in between” is an important component to my work, so I don’t make purposeful trips to find locations; rather, they find me. I carry a sketchbook and camera with me at all times so I am always able to take notes and produce onsite sketches and photographs to refer to later when I sit down in my studio to paint.
I know a painting has succeeded when a visitor stops, takes a closer look, and then starts sharing the stories and memories that were awakened by what they saw.