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Congratulations to Rachel Higgins on being awarded a Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR)! @hi66ins @fireislandresidency
Posted @withrepost • @fireislandresidency 💚FIAR 2019 Artist Resident: Rachel Higgins💚
FIAR is thrilled to welcome Rachel Higgins @hi66ins to Cherry Grove this summer as one of our eight residents!
Higgins is an artist whose practice is driven by site-specific engagement currently living and working in Los Angeles. She creates sculptures, performance and participatory events which “queer and re-imagine social space.” Salvaged architectural materials and subverted commercial design come together in playful sculpture which implicate bodies through physical interaction. Influenced by a landscape of suburban sprawl, shopping malls, corporate lobbies and office parks, as well as, theaters and bathhouses she is interested in how architecture constructs our social realities.
Higgins is also a dedicated builder and works as a carpenter and plumber installing whole-house grey water recycling systems and constructing decks, timber-framed cabins, tree houses and outdoor baths.🔨This summer at FIAR she plans to synthesize her sculptural practice with her construction work within a queer community. She will research architectural innovations (through the lens of a History of Feminist Design) and site specific research on Fire Island’s own “architect of seduction” the celebrated modernist beach house architect Horace Gifford (who produced more than 70 homes on Fire Island). Higgins will be conducting interviews, doing readings and working in drawing, video and photography to develop new work about queer design in social space.
Higgins received her M.F.A. from Hunter College CUNY, New York and has exhibited at the Hammer Museum, EFA Project Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, among others. She is the recipient of LMCC’s Workspace Program, Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship and a Real Time & Space residency in Oakland. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤 #rachelhiggins #FIAR2019 #fireislandartistresidency #LGBTQartists #emergingartists #sculptors #LGBTQpoets #performanceartists #queercarpenters