Something Gleams was the title of Rachelle Thiewes’ exhibit at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. The exhibit and the text in this publication greatly explain the influence of the desert in all her creations throughout the years. The part I found the most inspiring about my first conversation with Rachelle was finding out the source of the show’s title:
I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THE DESERT. ONE SITS DOWN ON A DESERT SAND DUNE, SEES NOTHING, HEARS NOTHING. YET THROUGH THE SILENCE, SOMETHING THROBS, AND GLEAMS…
-ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, THE LITTLE PRINCE
I’ve been familiar with Rachelle’s work for a long time, but to me this explained some of the thought process behind some of her latest work. I knew that clean lines and minimalism where important to the way she displayed her work, but this time the reason was more obvious than before. The shifts in color on her pieces can sometimes only be achieved under very specific lighting conditions, and even then it will be for a split second as the piece moves with the wearer. On this publication it became important to have a mixture of bold color and quiet spaces to display her work on.