Rachel Maclean is considered one of the most important and distinctive artists at work in the world today. Playing many of the costumed characters herself in her films, Maclean fuses both comedy and horror acted out against hyper-real worlds using green-screen video and computer generated visual effects. Her work is a powerful satire of contemporary society exposing all its colourful and alluring yet grotesque aspects.
The aim of the exhibition is to introduce Maclean’s practice to a new audience. Social media, advertising, children’s television programmes and fairy tales appear regularly in Maclean’s work highlighting the key themes of identity, gender, consumerism and our dependence on technology.
About the Artist
Based in Glasgow, Rachel Maclean (b.1987, Edinburgh，Scotland) graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and her work came to public attention in New Contemporaries later that year. She has since received significant acclaim, with major solo shows in the UK at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Chapter Gallery Cardiff, HOME Manchester，TATE Britain London and Zabludowicz Collection London.
Maclean’s international solo presentations include: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; National Gallery of Australia Canberra; Artpace San Antonio, Texas; Château de Servières, Marseilles France.
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.