We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Silva and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rachel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is exciting and essential. I thrive on spontaneity and try to leave a lot of space in my life for last minute trips (usually out into nature) which act as a recharge for my brain. For me the story of taking the risk is worth it, whatever the outcome may be (within safe reason) but when it comes to art especially, I have been willing to destroy what I work on for the sake of experimentation, or rash decision making. A lot of my risk taking used to be based in materials and the process, like choosing a large canvas or temperamental medium, once I filled a slip n slide with paint and slid down it onto a canvas. The painting was ugly but the experience was worth it. Lately though I’m taking my artistic risks with my subject matter more than my materials. I’ve been delving into human sexuality more and more as a place of inspiration. In Quarantine I haven’t been able to work with models like I usually do, so I’ve been using myself as a model which can feel very vulnerable, but it has led to some of my favorite work and has been very empowering.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I am an artist currently based in LA, my work is based in femininity and fluid sexuality, with a focus on small moments and sensations we feel with partners and ourselves. I am always trying to capture fleeting feelings and preserve them like pinning a bug to paper. I am most excited about the vulnerability in my work, and experimenting with new styles and mediums. I have a mainstay of working with colored pencil on wood panel, but I love branching out and trying new things all the time. Most recently I have been painting on pressed flower petals. An important lesson I’m learning is that rest and hibernation is as important to the process as actual work. I tend to be a workaholic with my art so this is something I’m always struggling with. Other lessons I’ve learned is to keep a notebook to write down your ideas, and don’t use water-soluble pencils on wood. They fade.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting I would take them to so many art galleries. Corey Helford and The Hive are a couple of my favorites. The Virgil for a comedy show is so much fun, along with local spots in my neighborhood like Verdugo Bar and Lemon Poppy Café. My favorite record store, Permanent Records, would be a must as well. We would definitely be doing a lot of hiking in the Angeles National Forest, Malibu Creek State Park, and beach wandering off the side of Highway 1. I also love finding staircases around the city, and turning them into urban hikes. Its a really great way to soak up Los Angeles.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One of my favorite artists and people is my friend Megan Hart. She has such a unique style and use of color that always inspires me. On top of that her humor is fantastic, no one makes me laugh quite like she does, her art is a delight. You can check her out at meghartart.com!

Website: rachelmsilva.com
Instagram: @missrachelsilva

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