Rachel Mica Weiss

The Wild Within

Installation view: Rachel Mica Weiss, PLATFORM 27: "The Wild Within", 2020, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, cast concrete, pigment, powder coated steel, quarried obsidian, 78 × 124 × 48. Courtesy of the Artist. Photograph by Julia Featheringill Photography.

PLATFORM 27: Rachel Mica Weiss, The Wild Within is a newly commissioned work by Pittsburgh and Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Mica Weiss. An undulating slab of concrete poses atop a reflective steel plinth. Made specifically for deCordova’s Sculpture Park, The Wild Within, evokes the reclining female nude, a common motif in art history. Using industrial materials and monumental proportions, Weiss’s piece turns a symbol of objectification into one of balance, strength, and sculptural innovation.

PLATFORM is a series of one-person commissioned projects by early-and mid-career artists from New England, national, and international art communities that engage with deCordova’s unique landscape. The PLATFORM series lets artists expand their practice and visitors experience new approaches to contemporary sculpture.

PLATFORM 27 was generously funded in part by anonymous donor and an Investing in Professional Artists grant from The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Opportunity Fund. Special thanks to Visionary Effects, Wheaton and Sons, and Pittsburgh Powder Coat for aiding with fabrication. PLATFORM 27 is aligned with the Feminist Art Coalition.

PLATFORM 27: Rachel Mica Weiss, The Wild Within, Brochure (PDF)

deCordova Live: A Lunchtime Conversation with Rachel Mica Weiss

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