Hometown: San Francisco
Based in: Berlin
Rachael Jablo is a US American photographer, collage, and installation artist based in Berlin. She works primarily with cameraless photography to delve into ideas about deconstruction, beauty, nature and the body. In 2013 she published My days of losing words with Kehrer Verlag; it has been featured on Slate, Lenscratch, and NPR among other places. Her work has been exhibited widely across the US, with solo exhibitions at George Lawson Gallery and UCLA in California. Her work has also been featured at the Museum für Photographie in Braunschweig, Germany, the Analogue Now! festival in Berlin, the Collagistas festival across Europe, SFCamerawork Gallery, and Brandeis University. Her current work, The Hysteria Project, was granted a Neustart Kultur Grant for Innovative Arts by the German government in 2021-2022, and will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Hoyt Gallery at USC in May 2023.
Rachael Jablo In The Studio
More About Rachael Jablo
What inspires you?
The structure of flowers, color, space.
Describe your creative process.
In the darkroom, I tear flowers apart hat are meaningful to me, things that were in gardens I grew up in, or have other personal symbolism to me. I break them down into their elements, and make color photograms of the petals. In the studio, I cut these prints out piece by piece, following the petal structures on the page, so that I start with the “cells” to build structures from. I then glue these 'cells' together to create artworks both installation works and small collages.
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
Colorful, intricate, thoughtful.
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
Sharp blades, tiny brushes, and a darkroom.
Collections Featuring Rachael Jablo
Critical Mass Finalist
Gordon Parks Award