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– Rachel Wooller, 2013

Rachel Wooller

MA Fine Art

My practice explores the intangible, the ungraspable, in memory and loss. I have been looking at memory as a disruptive force that sits on the boundary between existence and non-existence. I am interested in the ambiguous relation of memory to the real; how vital it is to human functioning and yet how uncapturable it is.

My work aims to convey an immersive experience of loss, by creating a kind of silence, an uneasy emptiness that the viewer has to negotiate. I make sculptural objects that embed ambiguity in their physicality, scale and material, in order to contain emptiness through instability. The work is almost not there, in its rejection of colour, mark and image, but is still very present. I play with reductions: how far can you push an artwork away from the visual, away from the real, before it disappears.

I am drawn to the pared down forms of minimalism and the forceful simplicity of arte povera materials. The physicality of ordinary man-made materials holds power with which I harness the evocative nature of the overlooked.

My practice situates itself in ambivalent relation to the world.

Photograph

– Rachel Wooller, 2013

Photograph

– Rachel Wooller, 2013