Rachael Pease’s love of the landscape is a recurring theme. It is rooted deeply in her background. She grew up in rural Indiana. Her family lived very close to the food chain.  Even when she was very young she felt an awareness of life and death that surrounds our way of living-- memories of how easy it was to break a bone or injure oneself; seeing animals born and also burying them; chickens being fed and then killed for eating; structures falling apart in an advanced state of dilapidation; and then new buildings being constructed and new life on it’s way.  Rachael is constantly building a large memory of things and places from her past and from the present.
       In Rachael’s drawings the historical and the poetic are an accumulation of the grandeur of Nature. She works both intuitively and conceptually allowing her materials to play an important role in the making of images. Ink is poured on a variety of non - porous papers; water is added; trees and roots and land are drawn, and then are wiped away; more landscape is drawn and more ink is poured-- a process that allows for immediate destruction and also creates new images simultaneously.  Rachael does not work haphazardly, but rather logically. Artists learn through the years how to manipulate the intricacies of our materials. Each picture is an invented, eccentric and specific place. The varied textures of the drawing marks echo remarkably the feel of the rough, the smooth, the gnarled, the twisted, the sense of mystery that emphasizes the world of nature that lies around us. There is a tension between the emerging and the disappearing or, even better, a landscape that seems to keep emerging and re-emerging into an elaborate extravagant being. You feel Rachael’s landscapes are painted branch by twisted branch until a certain harmony comes into view. The darks and lights of the ink create a lively view of undergrowth, fallen trees and difficult paths—not an easy read and not an easy hike, but an adventure is never easy. New discovery comes out of difficulty, danger and challenge.  These are important qualities that appear in her work. Her attempt to define specific conditions of nature leads to this expressiveness, which is quite original. Nothing is overlooked in the brooding world her work embodies.
       ART, whether it is the visual arts or music or poetry, needs no explanation. The artist spends a lifetime studying and exploring to present images that awe and inspire. ART demands openness so one can make one’s own connection with it. Rachael often talks about her love of poetry and how it seems very close to how she thinks. Baudelaire writes in Correspondences: “scents, colours and sounds respond to one another”, in Robert Schumann’s Waldszenen, OP.82, you are taken into the woods and have a multitude of experiences: entering the real forest, losing one’s way and then experiencing the magic and the unknown of the landscape. All the ARTS make references to one another, and they all seem to create images with the help of one another. Rachael pulls you between the earthly and the ungodly. This body of work is very emotionally charged. The viewer’s imagination receives the imagery and views it like listening to music, reading poetry and leaves you with something beyond the initial looking.  The American landscape is often presented a heroic.  Rachael Pease carries on this pilgrimage to show nature in its wild excitement coupled with an intricate grandeur.  Her creative exploration, simply said, is provocatively beautiful.

              Barry Gealt
             
              --Catalogue, “Rachael Pease, Dendritic Horizon,” 
Beaux-arts des Amériques, Montréal, QC. October 2012