2017 Art Trail
Rachel is an inter-disciplinary artist working across the mediums of printmaking, photographic processes and sound recording. Her practice explores our perceptions of sound within environments and how that can be expressed in a visual context. She explores how we respond to and feel in certain environments and in particular how we actively ‘listen’.
Her work is very process led and is purposefully slowed down or sounds isolated and deconstructed in order to view the world at a more micro level.
Recently her research has expanded into our auditory culture and how we use sound within an arts practice. This work has been deepened while currently taking her MA in Creative Practice at Leeds College of Art.
Current projects involve a collaborative project with other artists, dancers and a chamber choir which will result in a perforative event in Leeds in June 2017 and a residency in Italy during May exploring mediaeval architecture and mountain landscapes.
She works from her studio in Yorkshire.
2016 Art Trail
“I have travelled full circle creatively to return to themes I worked with after initially studying and in doing so have picked up threads I am now weaving together to express visually the themes of geometry, sound and form through printmaking & painting.
After 15 years of professional working in the arts & science industries I have committed to establishing my practice in order to fully realise the themes, thoughts and ideas I’d like to express.
The urgency in following this decision was also prompted by the arrival of my family. Suddenly my perspective seemed to sharpen and the essence of time shortened.
My recent work is an attempt to bring together elements of how sound & form are experienced visually. I begin by researching sound clips, notation or geometric forms and then draw out ideas before printing. Using printmaking has enabled a more sculptural way of working in relief by building up layers of colour & shape to create form. The training I have in design meets this desire for simplicity of execution which is coupled with my more fine art sensibility & expression.
Geometry and form help me make sense of numbers & relationships which have fascinated me.