Rachel Maxi

Rachel Maxi is a Seattle-based artist working in painting and sculpture. For over 30 years, she has exhibited her work in the PNW, and will have a show with the Vashon Center for the Arts in spring 2024. AMcE is excited to show her work in a group show in May 2024.  

“I am interested in natural and built environments – how we move in them, how we make space, and how we interact with nature, both physically and spiritually. For me, nature is the sacred and divine, and we are part of that.

I like the puzzle and balancing act of the various elements a sculpture or a painting, concurrently harmonious and dissonant, dark and light, illusional and real, or soft and sharp. I generally don’t sketch out a plan or blueprint to work from; a piece always changes in the act of making it. I let the material tell me how and where it wants to go. I feel for the natural physical logic of things, but also find that, often, the things I like most are not what I understand or ever imagined working visually.

I am an explorer, collector, and creator. Sometimes I collect physical things—little pieces of wood or rusty bits of metal I find in the gutter—and sometimes I collect visuals: changing color and light, plants, birds, natural and urban landscapes, urban decay.”

AMcE Exhibitions

Forthcoming

Rachel Maxi "Wood Pile" AMcE Creative Arts

Woodpile, 2023
Oil, beeswax on canvas mounted on panel
36” x 48”

Rachel Maxi "Fete" AMcE Creative Arts

Fête, 2019
Oil, metal leaf on board
15 ¼” x 16 ¼” framed

Rachel Maxi "Advent" AMcE Creative Arts

The Advent, 2020
Oil, beeswax, metal leaf on wood
19” x 16” x 1 ½”

Eagle Tower, 2020
Wood, metal leaf, selenite
44 ½” x 4 ¾” x 5 ½” (30 ½” height without stand)

Rachel Maxi "Beaconite" AMcE Creative Arts

Beaconite, 2019
Wood, metal leaf, Selenite
22 ½” x 7” x 6” (16 ½” without stand)