Approved: 07.03.2007

Rachel Magdeburg

Artist, Writer

Approved: 07.03.2007

Rachel Magdeburg is an artist and PhD researcher currently based in Wolverhampton. Her recent watercolour paintings are of supposedly 'mundane' objects depicted from life. These explore consumer capitalism, agribusiness, ecological rupture and different traditions of pictorial representation (natural history illustration, Ukiyo-e and Western oil painting). Visuality, hydro-materiality and the (dis)connections between figure and ground are tested within the work. Water as both medium, metaphor and subject creates and dissipates imagery..

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Artist Statement

Rachel Magdeburg is an artist and PhD researcher currently based in Wolverhampton. Her recent watercolour paintings are of supposedly 'mundane' objects depicted from life. These explore consumer capitalism, agribusiness, ecological rupture and different traditions of pictorial representation (natural history illustration, Ukiyo-e and Western oil painting). Visuality, hydro-materiality and the (dis)connections between figure and ground are tested within the work. Water as both medium, metaphor and subject creates and dissipates imagery..

 

 

CV & Education

QUALIFICATIONS

PhD, University of Wolverhampton (ongoing)

MA Fine Art, Norwich University College of the Arts

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Exeter School of Art, University of Plymouth

 

RESIDENCIES

NN Contemporary Art, Northampton Project Space, September 2019

Dirty Practice, University of Wolverhampton, 2018

Sunderland 10 x 10, Sunderland Cultural Partnership, 2016

Joya: arte + ecología, Almeria, Spain, 2016

AA2A, Northumbria University, 2014-2015

East Street Arts, Leeds, Fully Funded, 2014

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

ANTHROPOCENES: Reworking the Wound, SLSAeu, June 2020
Art + Anthropocene, University of York, March 2020

Art in the Anthropocene, Trinity College Dublin, June 2019

Art History Association Annual Conference, Brighton, March 2019, 

In-Between: Interdisciplinarity and the Expanded Field: University of Wolverhampton, October 2018

Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, October 2018
STRATA: Art and Science Collaborations in the Anthropocene, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 2016

Landscape, Wilderness and The Wild, Newcastle University, 2015

 

BURSARIES

a-n Writer Development Programme, 2017 - 2018

Spacex / a-n Critical Writing Bursary, 2017

Descriptive Touring Research Trip, Camden Arts Centre, BALTIC funded, 2015

56th Venice Biennale Writing Commission, a-n The Artist’s Information Company, 2015

 

AWARDS

RBSA Open, Highly Commended, 2020

Oriel Davies Open 2018, Student Prize, 2018

The Sunderland Art Prize, Departure Foundation, Prize Winner, 2012

New Lights Painting Prize, Mercer Gallery, 2013

 

PUBLICATIONS

THE CLEARING, http://theclearingonline.org

Corrupted Files, Ravensbourne Journal, publication due Autumn 2015

 

ARTIST TALKS

'Self-Capture in the Anthropocene: The Expedition paintings of Alexis Rockman' in journal View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture, Summer 2019

THE CLEARING, http://theclearingonline.org

Corrupted Files, Ravensbourne Journal, 2015

 

EXHIBITIONS

Autumn 2020 RBSA Prize Exhibition 2020, Birmingham
MK Open, Milton Keynes, 2020
Medium White Sliced Bread, Bessant Gallery, University of Wolverhampton, 2019
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and Exhibition Tour, 2019
Let’s Talk about the Anthropocene, University of Brighton, 2019
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London 2019
Oriel Davies Open, 2018
New Lights Prize Exhibition Tour, 2017- 2018
Royal Academy of West of England, Open Exhibition, Bristol, 2017
Alison Lloyd: Act One – One Act - Walking the Gallery Closed, with Curator George Vasey, 2017
Makers of the Multiverse, Juneau Projects & Spacex Gallery, Exeter, 2017
Reframing the Crisis, Systems Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2017
Painting [Now], Studio One Gallery, London, 2017
Deviation, The Late Shows, 2016
Heritage Open Days, 2015
Prison Breaks, Heritage Open Days, 2014 
Les Cassettes; NewBridge Books, 2014
Volume Book Fair, Library of Birmingham, Curated by Capsule, 2013
Outing Ageing, Holy Biscuit, 2013
Balsall Heath Biennale, Birmingham, 2013
Reuse Aloud, The NewBridge Project & Basic.fm, 2013