Rachel De Urioste, Chicago Member Since October 2010 Artist Statement I love going to toy stores. They’re great. Colorful things with moving parts are scattered everywhere—the brighter the better. Some of them are learning toys, of course, but for the most part they exist solely as themselves, without any agenda or pretensions towards usefulness. That lack of intent, when everything else is meant to go somewhere for some reason, is entirely captivating.
I’m drawn to bright colors and childish things because they offset the routine exactness of adult life. In a way, we spend our whole lives trying to reconcile what is with how we learned the world to be when we were two feet tall. Fairy tales are wonderfully useful because they bridge the big and small. Like all storytelling, they simplify experience, illuminating ideas that usually fade into beige wallpaper and bank statements. Experience meanders. I’m not convinced I’m going anywhere specific, but from time to time, I like to use those childish conventions and some bright colors to create inexact stories out of my ordinary adult life.