Narratives and Responses to Life Cycles

December 9, 2017 - March 18, 2018

As MOCA Jacksonville's 2017 UNF student artist-in-residence, Rachel Huff-Smith's painting series portrays the personal narrative of her experience of new motherhood coinciding with the deaths of her mother and grandmother. Personal and emotive, the figures are both realistic and abstract as they reflect the distortion of memory, grief, longing and the remnant of joy.

Opening Reception: Thursday January, 11 2018 from 6-8 p.m.


Artist Rachel Huff Smith

Rachel Huff Smith

Rachel Huff Smith is MOCA Jacksonville's third annual UNF student-artist-in-residence. While pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Florida, Smith dedicated a significant amount of time in her MOCA Jacksonville fifth floor studio, developing emotionally resonant portrait paintings to be included in her exhibition Circumvolve: Narratives and Responses to Life Cycles. During her residency, Smith also facilitated the production of community painting in which local artists and non-artists alike explored and responded to the themes of Smith's painting series.

Photo by Hannah Joy Wells