Rachel Grobstein’s miniature sculptures engage with the tradition of still life, cataloguing a daily world and connecting personal history and consumer culture. Her long interest in how people’s collections of objects create snapshot biographies led her to become fascinated with the wide array of objects kept on bedside tables, where tissues and the day’s receipts are collected alongside souvenirs, prescription bottles, cherished mementos, and personal items. After asking her friends and acquaintances for pictures of their nightstands, Grobstein recreated their possessions as miniature tableaus. These bedside collections speak to universal themes, from memory and self care to sexual identity and dream life.
Grobstein lives and works in Brooklyn. Recent solo shows include pills and moons and things at Next to Nothing Gallery, New York, NY (2018), Infra-ordinary at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL (2018), and these dreams go on when I close my eyes at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM (2017). She is the recipient of residencies and awards including a daily artist residency at the Museum of Arts and Design (2019), a fellowship at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (2017 - 2018), a residency at Jentel Foundation (2018), and a Vermont Studio Center full fellowship and residency supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2012). She received her MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and her BA in Philosophy and Visual Arts from Bowdoin College in 2006. For more information, please visit rachelgrobstein.com.