Artist Biography: Rachel pools inspiration from her experiences in grade school to those in college, from her ideas of mortality, the challenge of climate change, the overbearing mortal ego, the feminist experience in the modern world, and exploring the deep realms of her sexuality. She wishes to challenge her viewer’s ideals and locate where their ideas stem from.
Rachel Dauplaise is a senior at Southern Arkansas University with a studio art degree. Rachel started a passion for art at a young age, with grandfathers each specializing in a different art form, as well as a father that encouraged Rachel to try new mediums. Rachel was encouraged to find love for something in life. That happened to be art.
Rachel went through school thinking that her passions lie in the wrong place and that it should be in art history. While Rachel’s teachers pushed for her to teach art history and her parents encouraged anything with a degree attached; Rachel would learn that if her passion was in art then she should pursue it. She found an interest for printmaking in high school, and this interest continued to college.
Rachel’s artistic influences are the artists Frida Kahlo and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Frida Kahlo influenced Rachel to see art in a different light, one that shows art doesn’t always have to look the same as. Lautrec inspired Rachel’s printmaking as well as the way she implements the LGBT+ community into her art.