Rachel Lin Weaver was born in Austin, Texas (b. 1985), and spent her childhood in Alaska and West Virginia. Rachel grew up certain she would eventually become a scientist, but instead she ended up becoming an artist. She now creates projects at the intersections of video art, site-specific installation, sound art, documentary, writing, and performance.
Rachel received her BA at Berea College and her MFA in Digital Art at Indiana University Bloomington in 2012. Rachel's works have been shown in numerous cities in the US, as well as at exhibitions in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Iran, Israel, and Qatar, with forthcoming exhibitions in Norway, Brazil, and Portugal. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections. Rachel is also currently curator and co-director of Cinema Reset, the new media program of the New Orleans Film Festival.
Rachel's creative interests relate directly to her upbringing in proximity to wilderness areas and rural communities in poverty. She finds many useful metaphors in the natural world. Thematically, her work explores memory and narrative, loss, change, resilience in the face of adversity, landscapes and people in flux, immateriality, and ecological systems.
As an educator, Rachel is dedicated to working with marginalized communities, fighting for inclusivity, and teaching art, technology, and media tools. She currently lives and works in Appalachia, where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Technologies in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech.
The bell hooks Institute
The Smithsonian Institute
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction