Rachel Maclean

Scottish (Born 1987)
Rachel Maclean Feed Me 2015 © Rachel Maclean 2015

Biography

Born 1987
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Edinburgh

Over the last 10 years Rachel Maclean has shown widely in the UK and internationally. She produces elaborate films and digital prints using costumes, exaggerate make-up, green screen visual effects and electronic soundtracks. Her artwork is both seductive and disturbing. It sucks the viewer into oversaturated candy coloured worlds and repels them with unsettling themes and narratives. Until recently she has been the only actor in her creations, exploring issues of identity, class, nationalism and gender, whilst referencing narrative structures from pop culture and fairy-tales. She has had solo shows at Kunsthalle zu Kiel Germany, Arsenal Contemporary New York, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden Germany, National Gallery London, Zabludowicz Collection London, Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, National Gallery of Australia Canberra Artpace San Antonio Texas, HOME Manchester and Tate Britain. Her work A Whole New World won the prestigious Margaret Tait Award in 2013, she has twice been shortlisted for the Jarman Award, and achieved widespread critical praise for Feed Me in British Art Show 8 in 2016. She has also worked on various TV commissions with the BBC and Channel 4, as her most recent film commission Make Me Up 2018. Maclean represented Scotland + Venice at the Venice Biennale 2017.