Contemporary Art, Humor, Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Video
Rachel Debuque is a visual artist and designer whose work spans installation, sculpture, video, and performance. Conceptually, she combines humor with topics such as identity psychology, spiritualism and consumerism. She is interested in how these topics can pair with accessible expressions of humor and absurdity to defy traditional art paradigms. Her work has been exhibited extensively including The Cue Foundation (New York, NY) and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA) and the ICA (Baltimore, MD). Debuque was an Artist in Residence at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and received the Southern Constellations Fellowship at Elsewhere: A Living Museum. In 2017, She received a Maryland State Arts Grant for Sculpture. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Washington City Paper, Bmore Art, Daily Serving, Maake Magazine, and ART 21 Magazine.
Her multi-disciplinary background is reflected in her collaboration, PLAKOOKEE. In partnership with artist Justin Plakas, PLAKOOKEE creates work that ranges from socially engaged projects to installations, video and design.
In addition to her artistic accomplishments, Debuque is a certified RYT 200 yoga instructor and certified laughter leader. She teaches a range of yoga classes and provides community laughter yoga sessions. These additional roles inform her art making by providing a deeper understanding of the mind/body connection and play methods that are applied to her performance work and studio experimentation.
Recent Exhibitions (*denotes Solo Exhibition)
The Institute for Contemporary Art, 2019
E16: The Revolution Will Be Televised
Evening on the Edge with PLAKOOKEE*
National Gallery of Art, 2019
WPA Annex, 2019
Grizzly Grizzly, 2018
Arlington Arts Center, 2018
Washington Project for the Arts, 2018
Rochester Institute of Technology: School of Art, 2018
Rochester, New York
Spaces Places Things
Duke Hall Gallery
James Madison University, 2018
Central Connecticut State University, 2018
New Britain, Connecticut
Robert K. Purks Faculty Enrichment Fund, George Mason University, 2018
Maryland Individual Arts Grant, Maryland State Arts Council, Sculpture, 2017
Mathy Award: Research and Development Award, George Mason University, 2017
2D Design and Color
New Media in the Creative Arts
3D Design and Beyond
Art and Humor
MFA, The University of Georgia
BFA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
University of Zagreb, Croatia
Hill, Nathan. Interview with PLAKOOKEE. Antrepo: EP 03: PLAKOOKEE / Experimental Art and Design. Full Service Radio Network, September 21, 2019.
Michael Anthony Farley, “Laughing Through It: Rachel Debuque At ICA Baltimore” Bmore Art, September 4, 2019, http://www.bmoreart.com/2019/09/laughing-through-it-rachel-debuque-at-ica-baltimore.html.
Roksana, Filipowska, “Destructive Plasticity as Creative Force, Thinking with PLAKOOKEE’s Eternal Cleanse” Speak Speak, February 18, 2019, https://grizzlygrizzly.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/destructive-plasticity-as-creative-force-roksana-filipowska/.
Mark Jenkins, “In the Galleries: Nine artists create worlds of their own for Arlington show” The Washington Post, September 14, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-nine-artists-create-worlds-of-their-own-for-arlington-show/2018/09/14/228c9330-b516-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html?utm_term=.bb81a0383ba8
Amy Boone-Mcreesh, “Inertia: Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas” Bmore Art, January 5, 2017, http://bmoreart.com/2017/01/inertia-rachel-debuque-justin-plakas.html.
Juan Michael Porter II, “Women Standing Tall and Going “Beyond Secretary”; Jenny Mushkin Goldman Interview” The Huffington Post, November 30, 2016, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/women-standing-tall-and-going-beyond-secretary-jennifer_us_583f7463e4b0b93e10f8df0e
Maggie Davis, “The Feminist Legacy in Radical Plastic.” ART21 Magazine, July, 14, 2016, http://blog.art21.org/2016/07/14/the-feminist-legacy-in-radical-plastic/#.V5ff3xFBK9p