PLATFORM 27: Rachel Mica Weiss, The Wild Within

Rachel Mica Weiss, "The Wild Within", 2020, Cast concrete, pigment, powder coate
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On View Jul 09, 2020 - Jul 04, 2021
Rachel Mica
Exhibition Location: Sculpture Park
PLATFORM 27: Rachel Mica Weiss, The Wild Within is a newly commissioned work by Pittsburgh and Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Mica Weiss. An undulating slab of concrete poses atop a reflective steel plinth. Made specifically for deCordova’s Sculpture Park, The Wild Within, evokes the reclining female nude, a common motif in art history. Using industrial materials and monumental proportions, Weiss’s piece turns a symbol of objectification into one of balance, strength, and sculptural innovation. 
PLATFORM is a series of one-person commissioned projects by early-and mid-career artists from New England, national, and international art communities that engage with deCordova’s unique landscape. The PLATFORM series lets artists expand their practice and visitors experience new approaches to contemporary sculpture.
PLATFORM 27 was generously funded in part by anonymous donor and an Investing in Professional Artists grant from The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Opportunity Fund. Special thanks to Visionary Effects, Wheaton and Sons, and Pittsburgh Powder Coat for aiding with fabrication. PLATFORM 27 is aligned with the Feminist Art Coalition. 


Rachel Mica Weiss (b. 1986 in Rockville, Maryland) is based in Brooklyn and Pittsburgh. She earned a BA in psychology from Oberlin College in 2008 and an MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012, with additional studies at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME. Weiss has created public artworks for the US Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Airbnb, Seattle, WA; and The Pittsburgh International Airport, among other venues. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Lux Art Institute, San Diego, CA; LMAK Gallery, New York, NY; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; Fridman Gallery, New York, NY; and the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA.  

deCordova Live: A Lunchtime Conversation with Artist Rachel Mica Weiss
Thursday, July 23, 12-1 pm

Visit deCordova’s newest outdoor sculpture from the comfort of your home! Rachel Mica Weiss and Koch Curatorial Fellow Sam Adams will discuss what went into making The Wild Within, composed of concrete and steel and weighing 2,500 pounds. Click here for more infromation.