Rachel Rotenberg creates an aesthetic world of wood sculpture populated by sensually curving surfaces, intriguingly formed negative spaces, and forceful volumes. The artist begins her process by drawing in a sketchbook. Using sticks of cedar lumber she builds her sculptures. Evocative stains and colors are applied to the finished pieces.
Rotenberg was born in Toronto, Canada. She attended University in Toronto, Jerusalem and New York City receiving her BFA from York University in 1981. In 1984 she moved to a studio in Williamsburg Brooklyn choosing wood as her primary medium. Rotenberg moved to Baltimore with her family in 1994.
In 2012 she received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She has also received a 2009 Creative Baltimore Individual Artist Award, and grants from the Art Bank of Canada and the E.D. Foundation.
Rotenberg has exhibited her sculpture in the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Delaware Art Museum, University Gallery at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Hillyer Arts Gallery in Washington DC and many area galleries including the Montpelier Arts Center, Fredrick’s Deplaine Visual Arts Center , Atkins Arboretum Gallery, the Decker Gallery at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore’s Creative Alliance at the Patterson and the Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia.