Rachel James is an artist and illustrator living in Mankato, MN, originally from rural Southeast Kansas. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011 and a Bachelor’s in 2007 from the University of Kansas. She works in traditional print media, zines, drawing, and painting.
James’ work looks at the “intersection of botanical knowledge and its link to women’s work during the Middle Ages and the present.” Her research on the history of plants and women’s work is paired with a visual exploration of traditional categories including printmaking, drawing, painting and comic book art. These fanciful, colorful images are reminiscent of old fairy tales which speak to all ages.
“This activity is made possible by an Artist Grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation.”