Rachel Perry Welty
Welty's work reveals the hidden beauty in disposable materials, using overlooked, day-to-day minutia in visually surprising ways. Welty has created a new work especially for the ICA Artist Prize exhibition. Wall was assembled from 128,000 silver twist-ties by dozens of people during several "twisting bees." The work is a shimmering, evanescent structure that echoes the gallery's temporary internal wall. In her video Karaoke Wrong Number, Welty lip-synchs to messages left in error on her answering machine over several years. Also on view is Food Pyramid, made with miniature grocery product boxes, and a new work that makes inventive use of take-out meal containers. Welty resides in Needham and maintains a studio in Boston's Fort Point Channel. She earned a Fifth Year Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is a two-time winner of the school's Traveling Scholars Award.