Art of the Week: Insomnia

Rachael Ikins
Central New York Branch (Art and Letters)
Torn Tissue Collage

Most often, Rachael Ikins is inspired by nature and the faces and eyes of animals. This piece, however, was a self-portrait. Drawing is usually Ikins go-to medium for enjoyment, but tearing up tissue paper proved to be extremely therapeutic, fun, and speaking to her need to be impressionistic.


Insomnia was juried into the 2017 New York State Fair Fine Arts competition. After that exhibit, it hung on Ikins studio wall looking at her. “One day as I walked past, I realized the title is ‘Insomnia’. It juried into another show some months ago and a judge mentioned how well the title fit, appreciating the humor. I guess most of us have been there, staring in the dark unable to escape the conscious mind.”



  1. Charlene Holloway says

    Gee! This lady had a lot on her mind! It’s a wonder if her brain is not inside of the Dr. Albert Einstein College of Research like his brain is located! Busy Brain! Great Artwork! Congratulations!!

  2. Love it!
    Ronni Miller, Sarasota branch

  3. Sara Etgen-Baker says

    You capture insomnia beautifully! The face captures the distressed look I feel when my conscious mind continues to function well into the wee hours of the morning. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow! Rachel! That’s quite different from much of your work. Really expresses the title well. Love the colors, and the “brain” looks like it’s working much too hard when it should be at rest. G.B.Y. Christina