Approved: 12.05.2011

Rachael Clewlow

Artist, Maker

Approved: 12.05.2011

Rachael Clewlow meticulously documents the ways in which she inhabits the landscape: the routes she takes through it, the times and dates of her travels, and the methods by which, to paraphrase Warhol, she moves from A to B and back and again. Acting as a flâneur, Clewlow records both the banal and the interesting aspects of everyday life. Often walking for miles to discover a new place, an ever

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Biography

Rachael Clewlow meticulously documents the ways in which she inhabits the landscape: the routes she takes through it, the times and dates of her travels, and the methods by which, to paraphrase Warhol, she moves from A to B and back and again. Acting as a flâneur, Clewlow records both the banal and the interesting aspects of everyday life. Often walking for miles to discover a new place, an ever growing mass of information builds to document a constantly shifting world around the path she takes. Clewlow keeps a series of “statistical diaries” in which routes, traditional pathways or not, are “logged, through dedicated, almost ritualistic daily recording”. These diaries are exquisite objects in their own right. They are also, however, the source material for her pictorial inventions. Clewlow creates her own systems of ‘translation’ by which the patterns of her own mobility become abstract patterns of form and colour. She describes her process as “the organisation and presentation of related data, accumulated over years” into abstract imagery which “recalls the visual language of maps and their colour coding systems, though their graphic style belies the rigorous and precise handmade approach to making them.” Indeed, Clewlow plays with the idea that her works should be ‘functional’, deliberately making them lie on the borders of legibility: rather, her bewildering dexterity with materials and attention to the details of the pictorial surface are the real draw on our attention. Alistair Robinson, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 2013

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2007 - 1st Class BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. Group exhibitions 2015 - A Foreign Encounter, Galerie FOE 156, Munich,  :Xenotopia, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, I'M Ten, IMT Gallery, London. 2014 - Glossary - The story of how and why artists make prints, touring show, Chance Finds Us, mima, Middlesbrough. 2013 - Walk On, touring show, Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London, Orders of Scale, Northern Print, Newcastle. New Contemporary Art Fair, Durham 2012 - The Process, Jaggedart, London. 2011 - Journeys, Jaggedart, London 2010 - Brick by Brick: Works by 24 Artists, Foundry Lane Studios, xsite architecture, Newcastle upon Tyne, Assortment, Jaggedart, London, Exchanging Space, Jaggedart, London, Preparing the Ground, ACAdovetail, Newcastle upon Tyne 2009- The Mechanics of Drawing, Jaggedart, London 2008 - More Today Than Yesterday, Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - National Print Biennale, The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2007 - Prize winner - Nationwide Mercury Art Competition, The Hospital Gallery, London

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