Rachel’s work forms through an exploration of her impulsive desire to distil, abstract and focus in on visual phenomenon, creating intense and spectacular works that hover with a hyperbolic energy. Lense flares, light beams, refractions, and other manifestations of light are captured and collected to become building blocks for seductive surfaces. Work begins to form through points of tension between this distillation and purification, and the residual artefacts that form through the technology used to source, process and manipulate these points of spectacle, letting the reality of material creep back in.
She is interested in the cyclical transferal of visual material as it moves back and forth between the digital to a more physical, material and spatial output, and the transformations that this incurs and allows. These processes allow her to experiment and to manipulate visual material in a sensual and intuitive way, exploring emotional and physical responses to processed visual material.
Her work shifts between a solidification of the ephemeral onto the surface of an instantly dazzling gem-like print, to a more sensual and meditative space where an expanded exploration of visual phenomenon can occur. Her video work allows the process of play to develop in an alchemical way, where light and material interact to create a captivating unfolding of projected image in rhythmic metamorphosis.
A link that threads through the body of work is a sense of the metaphysical; an ascension of some sort, a desire for weightlessness, oblivion, suspension, beauty, a suggestion of infinity within a frame, a dark space, or a flat surface.
Born in 1988 in Worcester and raised in Herefordshire, Rachel moved to London to study at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2007. After graduating with a BA in Fine Art, she continues to live and work in London.
2006 – 2007 Diploma in Foundation Studies for Art and Design - Hereford College of Arts
2007 HSBC Award for Best Foundation Student
2007-2011 BA in Fine Art, The Slade School of FIne Art, UCL
2008-2009 Course in French and Russian Film, UCL
2008 Coldstream Sessional Prize in Fine Art
2008 ‘Counterpoint’ Group Exhibition at The Rag Factory, London
2009 Artwork published in Cluster, Arts Magazine, 'Act Two'
2011 ‘The Collection’ Group Exhibition at New Gallery, London
2011 BA Degree Show, The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
2010/11 Jullian Sullivan Award for Achievement in Fine Art Media at The Slade