Rakel McMahon was born in 1983 in Reykjavík, Iceland, where she currently lives and works. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2008; she also holds a diploma in Gender Studies from the University of Iceland and a M.Art.Ed. from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at various places both in Iceland and internationally. McMahon is also the other half of the performance duo Wunderkind Collective, which was founded in 2011 in partnership with writer Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir.
In addition she has also seen to organizing exhibitions, artist-run spaces and other cultural events such as a member of the artistic board of Sequences – real time art festival. Currently she is a member of the board of The Living Art Museum (NYLO).
McMahon is interested in approaching and presenting her subject matter through re-interpretation, the use of metaphor and a reevaluation of what is deemed serious, humorous and normal. The subject and issues she works with relate to gender, sexuality, stereotypes and normality.