About this artwork
The nightmarish, candy-coloured world created by Maclean in Feed Me takes viewers on a roller-coaster ride through the vices of contemporary culture. In particular, the film explores the commercialisation of childhood, and a corresponding tendency to infantile behaviour in adulthood, bringing to life the ‘little monsters’ created by consumerist desire. The cast of grotesque characters are all played by the artist, with the screenplay voiced by actors. Maclean employed green-screen technology and extensive post-production to produce a cinematic experience which draws on an array of inspiration - from fairy tales and children’s television programmes to advertising and internet memes, reality TV, talent shows, and horror movies. Feed Me was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Hayward Touring for British Art Show 8.
Rachel Maclean graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and has exhibited across the UK and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include: Ok, You’ve Had Your Fun, Casino Luxembourg (2015), Please, Sir..., Rowing, London, (2014); The Weepers, Comar, Tobermory, Mull, (2015); Happy & Glorious, CCA, Glasgow (part of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland), (2014); I HEART SCOTLAND, The Edinburgh Printmakers, (2014); Invites, Zabludowicz Collection, London, (2014); Quick Child, Run!, Trade Gallery, Nottingham, (2014); Over The Rainbow, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2013); Space Time: Convention T, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, (2013); and Lolcats, Generator Projects, Dundee (2012). In 2013, Maclean received the Margaret Tait Award, which was established by Glasgow Film Theatre to support experimental and innovative artists working with film and the moving image.