Plume I by Rachel Nee. Graphite, smoke & gold leaf on board. Rachael Nee works across media including installation and painting. She explores the crossover between science and art, working around ideas concerned with energy, entropy and matter. She often uses the elemental, such as fire, to cast back into Deep Time, as with ‘Carbon Based Forms’ series, or, Time on an ephemeral human level with ‘Encounters’. Rachael graduated with Distinction from MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in 2015. She was awarded a research trip to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, resulting in an installation that was exhibited there in 2016. She also authored a ‘Sci-Art’ booklet for CERN’s [email protected] education and outreach department. Nee has previously been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. She elected an Academician of Royal West of England Academy in Bristol in 2007. Rachel Nee currently lives and works in London. Education: 2014-15: MA Fine Art (Distinction) – UAL: Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK 1984-1987: BA(Hons) Ceramics, Bristol Polytechnic
“I use the sooty carbon trace left from a candle flame to make smoke drawings. To me this ephemeral material expresses the passage of time, memory, absence and our fragile and transient nature. A background in ceramics is no doubt the reason why I’m drawn to using fire as a creative tool. I work with and enjoy the element of risk, total concentration is needed to make the drawings. Fire creates an irreversible transformation, there is no going back, images cannot be unburned. But as you can imagine, as in life, much does go up in smoke”. Rachael’s work is held in public and private collections both in the UK and abroad. b.1964, UK. 1984 -’87, Bristol Polytechnic. 2002-’0 ...
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