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Rachel YurkovichInterpretive Media Coordinator Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryExhibits
Rachel Yurkovich was born in South Carolina, but lived most of her developing years in Skopje, North Macedonia and Prague, Czechia.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014. With an interest in living things and their movement as a medium, her work often ends up as video. Rachel was granted the 2014 First Agnes Gund Traveling Award, which allowed her to travel to Chernobyl, Ukraine for filming in the Spring of 2016. Following this opportunity Rachel’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the ROY G BIV Gallery (Columbus, OH), The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), and Bruce Gallery (Edinboro, PA). Her videos have also been featured in film festivals such as the Barcelona Planet Film Festival (Spain), The Berlin Flash Film Festival (Germany) and the Sandalia Sustainability Film Festival (Sassari, Italy).
Rachel is currently living in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and chickens, where she works at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as an Interpretive Media Coordinator.
In our modern world, there is a struggle to monitor appetites and avoid overindulgence. I am in constant observation of thoughtless choices, noticing that we often do not realize the weight of the impact we have on ourselves and our environment. In response to this, I frame instances of uninhibited consumption and the damaging consequences they often bring. This involves the use of insects and animals as stand-ins for human situations of desire, indulgence and self-destruction. Some may be based on pre-existing phenomenon; such as chickens enjoying the taste of their eggs or praying mantises eating each other after mating. I have been recreating these situations in order to witness them myself, to see how and when they actually happen and document them.