Rachel Lin Weaver creates works that span video, installation, sound, and performance. She uses a mix of documentary, performative, and parafictional strategies, and her projects explore memory, the human and the nonhuman, landscapes and people in flux, and ecological systems. Her creative interests relate directly to her upbringing in wilderness areas and rural communities in poverty, and she finds many useful metaphors in the natural world.
Weaver's works have been exhibited in numerous cities in the US, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Belize, the UK, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Colombia, Argentina, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Tunisia, Nigeria, Iran, Israel, and Qatar. She was awarded residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the University of Utah Taft Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, the Icelandic Textiles Center, and The Weight of Mountains Filmmaking Residency program.
Born in Austin, Texas in 1985, Weaver spent her childhood in Alaska and West Virginia. She holds an MFA from Indiana University Bloomington, and a BA from Berea College. 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