Meet the 12th grader who we're pretty sure is going to be in art textbooks one day
18-year-old artist Rachel Burns opens up about family history, making art and graduating high school
Rachel Burns is just about to graduate from the Etobicoke School of the Arts, and it's been a pretty packed year for her. She had her first solo show at Toronto's General Hardware Contemporary, she's been written about in a bunch of publications and she was awarded a cumulative cool $2.2 million in scholarships from the 38 art schools she applied to.
In short, she's busy.
So we were glad to catch up with her and hear her break down the intricate process that goes into her seemingly abstract work — and incorporates years of her memories and family history.
Watch the video:
In this video made by ISTOICA, you get to hang out with Burns in her home studio and at school during her last days there. And you get to find out how stacks of her family's photographs have been transmuted into her shimmering art works — as the artist notes, "Every family has their own history and they have ups and down moments. And I think that going through all of those moments and all that energy spent together really is what I base a lot of my work from."
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