Rachel Foullon (born 1978) is an American artist. She mostly works with salvaged materials and combines them with other materials such as fabric to create artwork on themes of American rural areas. She has a MFA degree from Columbia University.
Foullon was born in 1978 in Glendale, California, and received her B.S. degree from New York University in 2000, and received her MFA in 2004 from Columbia University. As of 2018 she resides in Los Angeles.
Foullon's artwork has a variety of themes, but most of which is focused on the rural American lifestyle. Her 2012 exhibition Braided Sun at the University at Albany Art Museum included new works as well as work from the previous decade demonstrating her engagement with the idea of American art in the 20th century and its relationship to shifting cultural contexts.
Foullon's artwork has been praised for her re-creation of the barn style and feel in her artwork with the usage of dimension and whitespace utilized in her exhibits. Foullon herself states that the nostalgia of the rural life that was prevalent among the European settlers to the United States as the main influence and driving force in her artwork.
The materials used in Foullon's artwork come from three main sources: the first are materials, mainly cloths that Foullon herself has dyed and shaped, the second are materials Foullon has picked up and has created artwork on recreating what that material once looked like, and the third are materials Foullon found in a barn garden in upstate New York, such as old hoses, hoes, farmtools, gloves and so on.
For the first category Foullon has a very precise method that she uses to create the fabrics. Sewing and stitching cloths using designs and colors from Sears catalogues from the 1920s and 1930s, she then paints the cloths using a fiber-reactive cold process dyes to give the material an aged, unpolished, and rustic look. This unfinished or incomplete feel is an aspect some art critics find attractive of Foullon and other's artwork.
Foullon's artwork has been cited by some as a motivator and influence, such as British design artist Sarah Elson. Elson and Foullon met at an art exhibit in 2014 and Elson was so captivated by Foullon's work that it caused her to change some of the aspects in her own artwork. Foullon has also been cited for her use of recycled materials and usage of paper and space.