Approved: 14.07.2015

Rachael Elwell

Artist, Community worker, Maker, Teacher

Archived
Approved: 14.07.2015

Rachael Elwell’s drawings explore the perceptual connections between line, form and space through contemporary drawing processes. Her work focuses on the relationship between chance as an essential dimension of art, and an interest in control and structure in the composition of image making.

 

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  • Location: Todmorden, West Yorkshire & Lancashire, UK Wide
  • Artforms: Drawing
 

Artist Statement

Rachael Elwell’s drawings explore the perceptual connections between line, form and space through contemporary drawing processes. Her work focuses on the relationship between chance as an essential dimension of art, and an interest in control and structure in the composition of image making.

 

Her drawing series are random, generative and transformative creating a sense of becoming rather than the static or fixed. Elwell puts into place set systems and methods of mark making, constrained by the limitations of working with the pencil, the pen and the stroke. From there on she exploits this by breaking such self-imposed rules; she adds shade, reduces the strokes, erases and resets the paper surface.


 

Aesthetically, Elwell deals with the graphical connotations of the hand drawn line, albeit by the appearance of closely positioned and intertwining lines into form. She doesn’t claim to do this intentionally, but more to test the tactile qualities of different media. This appears central, but into which final result is an unknown entity until the process is complete. In so far as a contained or chaotic, constructed or inverted process goes, Elwell confidently creates with unexpected results. 

CV & Education

Rachael Elwell, CV

Born:
 19. Dec 1980, Manchester (UK)
 

Education
MA Contemporary Fine Art, University of Salford (UK)
BA (Hons) Visual Arts, University of Salford UK (UK)
 

Latest & upcoming exhibitions
Solo exhibtion at Dreamland Arts Centre Kentucky, USA - January 2016
 

Selected Exhibitions
In Time, Over Time - neo:gallery22,  Bolton,  Bolton (UK), July 2014
Crochet Coral Project at The Manchester Museum - Oxford road, Manchester (UK), January - March 2014 
Forming A Line - Cornerhouse Projects, Manchester (UK), April - May 2012 (Duo Exhibition)
Great Ormand Street Hospital - Digital Exhibition (Group Show) ‘11
The Capacity Of Line – Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery (Solo exhibition, Dec 2010 – Feb 2011) 
HAAA – CUBE, Manchester (UK) ‘10
Line and Form - The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk. (UK) ‘10 
(Dis)Order - Artists Unlimited Gallery, Bielfeld (DE). (solo show ) ‘10
Artists Unlimited Artist In Residence - Bielefeld (DE) October 2009 - January 2010
Self Assembly - IKEA Coventry (UK) ‘09
Drawn In - Sidcot Arts Centre, Devon (UK) ) ‘09
Not At This Address - Bury Art Gallery (UK) ) ‘09
ESA Doppelganger 09 - Torhaus, Dortmund (DE) ) ‘09
Buy Art Fair - Urbis, Manchester (UK) ‘08
Salon 08 - East Street Arts, Leeds (UK) ‘08
The Rotunda, Liverpool, (UK) ‘08 
IFC - Syracuse, New York, (USA) ‘08 
ArToll Kunst Labor - Bedburg Hau, (DE) ‘08 
Letters , group exhibition - The Atkinson Art Gallery , Southport (UK) ‘07
Instruction drawings - The Chapman Gallery, Salford, (UK) ‘08
ArToll Kunst Labor Winter Labor- Bedburg Hau (DE) ‘07
The Kitchen Gallery 1st Open - The Kitchen Gallery, Norton priory, Runcorn (UK), Norton Priory prize winner ‘07
Anonyme Zeichner No. 2 – Blutenweiss Raum Fur Kunst- Berlin, (DE)‘07 
Wanderwort ( a CPF project) - Museum CODA , Appeldorn (NL)‘07



Residencies
Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery Artist in Residence 2011 - Rochdale (UK)
Artists Unlimited Artist In Residence - Bielefeld (DE) October 2009 - January 2010
ArToll Kunst Labor Winter Labor - Bedburg Hau (DE), January 2006, January 2008



Workshops
Big Draw workshop - Hillingdon, London ‘07
Big Draw workshop - Touchstones Rochdale ‘10
Visiting Artist workshop - Holy Family College, Haywood ‘10
Big Draw workshop - Touchstones Rochdale ‘11
Croal Exhibition drawing workshops - The Manchester Museum ' 14