Rachel Buse is inspired by playgrounds, fantasies of grandeur and real estate listings. She wrestles with her materials to make large, site specific installations. Many of her works are sewn by hand. This process allows her to work intuitively as if she were drawing in space. The softness of fabric begs to be touched. It's skin-like quality evokes our familiarity with living inside the embrace of clothing.
Currently living and working in Des Moines, Iowa, Buse enjoys making interactive and community projects where the audience can play and engage. She is the co-owner of Portrait Studio and manages a volunteer arts calendar for central Iowa called Art Beacon.
CURRENT + UPCOMING SHOWS Thick as Thieves, Tugboat Galley **March 2018**
LAZE Sculptural Invasion, Established 2016, Des Moines IA Website Portrait Studio, Established 2013, Grinnell IA Website Art Beacon Des Moines, Established 2012, Des Moines IA Website
Jungle, Grand View University, 2013, Des Moines IA In the Middle, Out, Metropolitan Community College Gallery of Art & Design, 2013, Omaha NE The Inverted Mountain, Thee EYE, 2012. Des Moines IA Under Sheltered Landmarks, Rotunda Gallery, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2008, Lincoln NE
Sound and Vision, The Lift, Des Moines IA Map of Things No Longer Here Grin City. 2017. Grinnell IA R & R. Moberg Gallery Downtown. 2016. Des Moines IA We Must Arise and Act! The Residential. 2016. Des Moines IA Pursuit of Happiness Legion Arts. 2016. Cedar Rapids IA Skin Show. Graceland University. 2015. Lamoni IA Tough Art Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. 2015. Pittsburgh PA Des Moines Social ClubViaduct Gallery Committee Member. 2014-2015. Des Moines IA Do you belong here? Public Space One. 2014. Iowa City IA Art on Dart. Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority Bus. 2014. Des Moines IA UNG. Art Vacancy. Downtown Ames. 2014. Ames IA Big Art SeriesTeaching Artist. Link Associates Iowa. 2014, 2015. Des Moines IA. Art Force IowaTeaching Artist. 2013-2014 Des Moines IA. ASAPTeaching Artist. 2013-2016. Des Moines IA. Why Houses Matter, Hillyard Des Moines's White Carpet Gallery, 2013, Urbandale IA Sensory Overload, Whittier Building, 2012, Des Moines IA Des Moines Art Center Docent. 2010-2015. Des Moines IA Femme Fatale. Instinct Gallery, Des Moines Social Club, 2009, Des Moines IA
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
2016 Project Grant, Iowa Arts Council - LAZE Sculptural Invasion 2015 Iowa Artist Fellowship, Iowa Arts Council Video 2015 Chicken Tractor Mini Grant 2013 Project Grant, Iowa Arts Council - In the Middle, Out