Rachel Zaretsky is an artist and curator born in Miami who lives in Los Angeles. She holds a BFA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York and is currently an MFA Art candidate at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. She works through performance, video and photography to challenge our relationship to the creation of memories. She studies the compulsion to collect and create personal archives of digital images and treat them as malleable material. Her persona-driven performative actions expand on the production and degradation of images and objects. Her performances have supplemental physical traces that synthesize ways to re-engage with past iterations such as instructions for experiencing or scores. Through an inquiry-based art practice, Zaretsky examines how modes of representation can portray absence, how we process loss and our desire to preserve through memorialization.