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Looking Out to Sea in the Louisiana Museum, Danmark © Rachel Wolfe 2018

The structure of the family has come under attack, in one of the most peaceful ways. The Scandinavian countries are regarded highly for a number of reasons, often including the level of happiness and for being one of the best places in the world to raise a family. The model these countries used is based on the idea of equality. The problem with equality is the lack of discernment from equity.

This lack of discerning between a rigid idea of equality (50/50 as it’s so often called) and fairness, translated into a blurring of the lines between personal and public spaces. …


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Visitors in the Louisiana Museum, Danmark © Rachel Wolfe 2018

The Law of Jante, is the name for a social policy that sounds like it could create a peaceful society. Ideas however fine they may feel in theory, do not always work out as intended in practice.

The rules are described as:

  1. You’re not to think you are anything special.
  2. Your’e not to think you are as good as we are.
  3. You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
  4. Your’e not to imagine yourself better than we are.
  5. You’re not to think you know more than we do.
  6. You’re not to think you are more important that we are. …


The Divide of Meaning in Images During the Age of Technology

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Santa Cruz, California 2020. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of www.rachelwolfe.com

Photojournalism and art have historically remained separate entities. Photography gained acceptance as an art form during the 1940’s (Corydon Ireland). The art world has pictured itself as a separate entity, and unto Arthur Danto’s views, a realm made into its own ends. The difference between the observable, visual documentation forms as the basis of photojournalism and based on Danto’s conception of art, a representation of the immaterial made material. Through the viewers’ embodied cognition of difference of a readymade and a made object, the key discerning marker here being a body that knows the signifiers of being made intentionally by individual will or representation through observation. Danto’s conception deemed the end of art itself has found a new intersection in meaning during the age of technology. …


Concealed Carry: Should college employees be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus?

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Image Copyright Rachel Wolfe 2012 Courtesy of www.rachelwolfe.com

The rise of gun violence in the United States stands out among Western, developed nations. While the issue at hand has been well described, conclusive decisions and their actions has remained a focus in debates. The average number of people who died during 2001 to 2008 has doubled during 2009 to 2018 (John R Lott Jr.). This statistic does not take into account gang fights and suicides. Without a doubt the issue of mortal violence calls to question how defense measures should be handled, by examining whether or not to allow or ban the carry of concealed weapons. …


Rachel Wolfe

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Hollywood Mythology © Rachel Wolfe 2016

Being, the act of doing nothing, is horrifying. Thankfully there is walking. Walking is a splendid act of faith. The bare practice of walking illuminates the visceral tones of action and movement-the basis of the unknowable, which is experienced through being in a body. Placing a foot on a surface presumably stable enough to launch forward from, to transfer the privilege of the support of the body from one side to the other, in a continual back and forth act, walking becomes a simultaneous free-fall, moving through a multi-dimensional space.

Walking goes hand in hand with faith as serving among commonly misunderstood pursuits a human can partake in. The acts which serve basic functions for human beings are often taken for granted, or taken to serve a fashion or fad, which are ceaselessly unreliable, shifting as rampantly as thoughts or emotions. But there is a lasting quality imminent to walking that I seek. …


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Nachusa Grasslands near Franklin Grove, Illinois. Photo by: Rachel Wolfe

Time and date stamping has often been a useful tool in creating records for archives. The publishing process used to be arduous with duration and length that edited the notion of a singular origin, in that the author was still working amongst a group-and this cooperation amongst minds would somehow reify the narrative or motive put forth in the public result.

In publishing haikus I wrote on creme coloured paper, in a red covered, staple bound, Fabriano notebook, in 2015, I have been incessantly reminded of the vulgarity of the time and date stamping mechanism on the internet. I publish the poems on my blog, with their mistranslations to Norwegian, then I select some poems and post them on twitter. I doubt the small number of followers notice-because how can someone notice things amonst the pounding flood of information seeking to connect with our attention? …


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Photo: Rachel Wolfe, Oslo, Norway

So as long as the object of your pursuit lies outside of yourself, the desire for obtaining that object left unchecked will make the effort to obtain feel arduous and stressful.

Checking into the desire, and the object, reflecting on the motive for it, the benefits and affects gained from obtaining the result, gives the pursuits efforts back to themselves. Meaning, instead of being a slave to the desire, the effort to pursue the result comes from a conscious decision, to depart from Point A (not having the object) and traversing the gap to Point B (having the object).

At the juncture of realizing Point B did not bring about the desired result, waste occurs. …


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Photo: Rachel Wolfe, Louisiana Musuem of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

With much of America and Europe up and down themselves with political and social policies on identity, and historic trauma identity, and itch begins to stir and arise.

Presence. Where are we today- but in today?

Undeniable the genetics our foreparents birthed unto us created a lineage of traits, characters, and qualities. The differences in culture, nurture confirmations and denials on values. We need not to called to ration, but to reason. We need not to be called to unity but acceptance.

Our thinking is built into itself. Language has its own series of login, constructing ideas within our minds. …


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Image credit: Rachel Wolfe

There are experiences in life that seem inconceivable. Things that seem so far out there, they would have to be made-up, or from a movie. Just the idea invisible things can have very real implications, are still only visible through symptoms. These things happen somewhere else, and not in what is supposed to be a safe environment. Still years after the experience, the remnants of the memory hinge on doubt. Lab results, documented physical symptoms, research journals, and news articles don’t seem to be enough-but are all that remain. …

About

Rachel Wolfe

Artist & designer from the US, living in Norway. https://rachelwolfe.com | https://atelierwolfe.com

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