Rachel RoseNew Frontiers Art

Photography by Jason Schmidt
Interview by Anna Tome


Portrait Jason Schmidt


New York based artist Rachel Rose makes video installations that exquisitely fuse history to time, nature to place, sound to image. Their incisive editing, heavily processed sound clips, and deeply considered installations not only embody the content of the work, but also experiment with the sensorial processes by which we absorb perceive fictional images and sounds, exploring new territories in filmmaking. With a uniquely elegant melding of pure feeling and esoteric research, Rose’s work is equally narrative, beguiling, and transcendent.
AT Your process is unique—you usually spend one year on a work, is that right?
RR The year is a way to get the time and space that it really takes to learn something new.
Right now, I’m focused on a series of events in the sixteenth century. Once I feel wrapped in learning, I’m able to think about why an artwork should even be made or where it could come from. Then there are a few months—in the case of the other works, and especially with the work I’m doing now—of working with a specific site and learning what technology I might want to employ (a particular camera, a way of editing, making sound). Then there is the actual filming. Then there is the processing of the footage, looking back at the original impetus of the work, struggling with the material itself. So that takes one year.


  To read the full interview download MUSE 47 available from September 7th, 2017