Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp

The Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media

Edited by Erica F. Battle; With an essay by Erika Balsom

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Presenting an ambitious new project by Rachel Rose (b. 1986) commissioned jointly by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, this book offers a rare behind-the-scenes perspective on one of the most striking emerging voices in contemporary art. In the commissioned work, titled Wil-o-Wisp, Rose has created a fictional narrative set in 16th-century agrarian England. Following the life of a healer—whose fate is marked by love and loss, the practice of magic, and the consequence of persecution—the work ruminates on the ways that perception and coincidence affect our experience in the world. This intimate look into Rose’s creative process highlights the artist’s interest in storytelling, scene-setting, and visual effects by including storyboards, production stills, script excerpts, and on-set photography. In a new interview, Rose discusses the core concepts behind this work and offers a revelatory firsthand account of how the commission evolved from conception to realization. 

Erica F. Battle is the John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Erika Balsom is senior lecturer in film studies at King’s College London.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Philadelphia Museum of Art
(05/02/18–09/16/18)


Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
(11/02/18–02/03/19)

ISBN: 9780300238716
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
Co-publisher: Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
80 pages, 7 x 9
50 color illus.
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