Approved: 16.08.2006

Rachel Thorlby

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Approved: 16.08.2006

I work from images of people, using the reproductions of their painted and sculpted portraits reduced to thumbnails on Google. Deriving elements from the print outs, and then splicing and reconstructing the fragmented parts forms the basis of exploring these images of individuals and how they have been represented throughout history. My sculptures are remakes of once powerful people whose identity

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

I work from images of people, using the reproductions of their painted and sculpted portraits reduced to thumbnails on Google. Deriving elements from the print outs, and then splicing and reconstructing the fragmented parts forms the basis of exploring these images of individuals and how they have been represented throughout history. My sculptures are remakes of once powerful people whose identity was constructed, set and made permanent in the portrait and the monument. Using impoverished and throwaway materials demotes the unshakable solidity of these old monuments, now reduced to fragments held up by the scaffolds that try to support them. Yet somehow whilst they appear to be fragile and broken, these dead and forgotten images are at the same revived by being made into objects. Our relationship with time is also explored through collages; these are the result of my ongoing search for the ‘perfect’ landscape through stock images on the Internet. Here, some trace of humanity is suggested through the layering and realigning of two images that creates a third space. I’m interested in how the landscape is perceived and remembered through the legacy of Romanticism and to what extent this shapes our view of Nature today.

CV & Education

Protected Programme Projects (PPP) 2005 - Anima, Galerie B-312, Montreal & g39, Cardiff Qualifications and training 2005 - MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London 1995 - BA Sculpture, Wimbledon School of Art, London Solo exhibitions 2012 - Lost in Space, The China Shop , Oxford 2010 - The Immortality Drive, Madder139, London 2008 - Failed Monuments and Other Worlds, Madder139, London Group exhibitions 2012 - Collaborators3, ROOM, London 2011 - Caprice, Galleria Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co, Milan 2010 - Changing Landscapes, Christie's, London 2010 - Collaborators 2, ROOM, London 2010 - Volta6, Basel, Switzerland 2009 - For Real, Sculpture Studios, Spike Island, Bristol 2009 - London Loves, Galleria Aus18, Milan 2009 - PULSE New York, West Street, NY 2009 - Superfine, Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY 2009 - The Pleasure's All Mine, Transition Gallery, London 2008 - Future50, PSL, Leeds 2008 - If You Build It They Will Come, g39, Cardiff 2008 - Lost and Found, Blyth Gallery, London 2008 - Next Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA 2007 - Artsway Open07, Artsway, Hampshire 2007 - Celeste Art Prize 2007, Truman Brewery, London 2007 - The Great Show, Sculpture 2007, Royal College of Art , London 2006 - 'Landscapades', Under Milk Wood Gallery, London 2005 - 'Anima', B321 Gallery, Montreal, Canada 2004 - Group Show, Eyestorm Gallery, Leeds 2003 - 'Mostyn 13', Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno 2002 - 'Club', Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France Competitions, prizes and awards 2007 - Prizewinner, student artist category, Celeste Art Prize, London 2007 - The Davis Langdon Award, Royal College of Art , London 2005 - John Downes Memorial Award, Oppeheim Foundation, London 2003 - Peoples Prize, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Meifod, Wales