Approved: 16.08.2006

Rachael Nee

Artist

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Approved: 16.08.2006

I use the sooty carbon trace left from a candle flame to make smoke drawings. To me this ephemeral material expresses the passage of time, memory, absence and our fragile and transient nature.

My recent works have taken a look at the sooty material itself, the element of carbon, often called 'the backbone of life'. This was the starting point for a series of works called 'Carbon Based Forms'.

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Categories: Drawing
 

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    Biography

    I use the sooty carbon trace left from a candle flame to make smoke drawings. To me this ephemeral material expresses the passage of time, memory, absence and our fragile and transient nature. My recent works have taken a look at the sooty material itself, the element of carbon, often called 'the backbone of life'. This was the starting point for a series of works called 'Carbon Based Forms'. The geometric designs are drawn from the crease patterns that remain from unfolded origami. I saw a parallel between carbon and origami, in both complexity of life or form comes from the simplicity of a small building block, an atom or a fold, repeated and evolving to create a vast number of different objects. A background in ceramics is no doubt the reason why I'm drawn to using fire as a creative tool. I work with and enjoy the element of risk; total concentration is needed to make the drawings. Fire creates an irreversible transformation, there is no going back; images cannot be unburned. But as you can imagine, as in life, much does go up in smoke.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 2011 - Artist Trustee, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2007 - Academician, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 1987 - BA Hons Ceramics, University of West of England, Bristol Solo exhibitions 2009 - Prema Arts Centre, Prema , Uley, Gloucestershire 2007 - Carbon Based Forms, Cube Gallery, , Perry Road, Bristol 2004 - Smoke and Scribble, Tobacco Factory, Bristol Group exhibitions 2011 - Art Chicago, Chicago, USA 2011 - Art Hamptons, Hamptons, NY, USA 2011 - RWA Autumn Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2011 - Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada 2010 - London Art Fair, Islington, London 2009 - Drawing Room II, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2008 - Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2008 - Black Swan Arts Open, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset 2008 - Black Swan Open, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset 2006 - Art Ireland, Dublin, Ireland 2006 - Autumn exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2006 - Bristol Art Show, Centrespace, Bristol 2006 - Six Bristol Artists, Galley 27, Cork Street, London 2005 - Drawn, Plan 9, Bristol 2005 - Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and tour 2005 - The Bristol Pack, Centrespace, Bristol 2004 - Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2004 - Summer Exhibition, Bath Society of Artists, Bath 2003 - Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol Corporate commissions 2009 - 15 Original Artworks and Prints for new wing. , Connaught Hotel, Mayfair, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - FDC Law Award, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset 2003 - First Prize Viewers Choice, Royal West of England Academy Autumn Show, Bristol Other 2011 - Selection Panel, RWA Autumn Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol