Rachel SharpArtist, Maker, Curator, Journalist, Teacher
Rachel Sharp grew up in Indiana and lived in New York City for seven years prior to moving to the UK in 2002. Her works investigate the slow, material process of painting and its relationship to the rapid-fire, transient world of the Internet. Using photographs sourced from the Internet and Facebook, she reinterprets the ‘throwaway’ digital image in thickly painted portraits which take several weeks or months to complete. This process examines how time, labour, and craft – concepts which are closely intertwined with painting – are positioned in the Digital Age. At the same time, the digital influence is readily apparent. Her paintings reference the pixelation, saturated colour and depthless appearance of the computer screen. As part of her practice-led PhD research at Northumbria University, Sharp often works in collaboration with media specialists and other artists to explore the intersection of painting and the digital.