Rachel Baydian is a Los Angeles native who received a BA in Studio Art at Azusa Pacific University in 2015 and an MFA at Claremont Graduate University in 2020. Discovering clay as a medium while studying at a remote campus in Yosemite in 2012, she has pursued ceramics with devout passion. Her ceramic sculptures function as a stand-in for the human body, touching on relationship, interconnectivity, and imperfection. Using abstracted forms that derive from the earth, these art objects are sculpted as a response to nature and its processes. The work highlights our human connection to the land as integrative and vital. Through experience and tactility, there is an awareness of space and heightened senses. The work taps into the awe and seduction of the mystery of nature through seemingly ordinary elements of the physical world.