Rachel Rae O’Brien constantly thinks about mortality, grief, and her relationship with her Mother ever since she died on February 3, 2022. Rachel uses digital and film photography, archival images from her family, a flatbed scanner, and explores other mediums such as painting and drawing. Rachel knows that the relationship between herself and her Mother will be present in her images. Throughout her time here at PCA&D, Rachel has been on the Dean’s List every semester. She has also served as the President of LUX, the student-run photography & video organization.
Rachel’s work has been exhibited in University Student Show: Photography in “The Time of Covid” at the PhotoLounge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as in “Death & Rebirth” at the Hayden Gallery at PCA&D. Rachel has also been a part of the international blog exchange between PCA&D and the students at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.