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Rachel Newton

About Rachel Newton

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2020 Mixed Media on board 60x60x5.5cm, unframed, ready to hang. Rachel creates works in a variety of media, mainly acrylics, producing atmospheric and deceptively understated pieces often on a large scale. Our disjointed yet economically wealthy societies are closeted in the sheen of the superficially beautiful. Our claim that we are desensitised by reports of suffering ‘elsewhere’ is a convenient excuse not to have to analyse our lack of compassion and active response. The concept of a global community is just that, a concept. Until it becomes a brutally obvious reality that we are all connected, for better or worse, we’ll perhaps go on clinging to the comfort in a shiny veneer of tradition, beauty, wealth and superiority that is actually tarnishing the elsewhere’ and eventually us.

With the association of echinacea with its healing properties, I wanted the largely covered, tarnished flowers to be symbolic of how we invest time and money to try and make ourselves feel better. Small parts of the flowers are gold in an effort to enhance that idea of self improvement (through adornments). The ripple effect that has become typical in many of my paintings is a technique useful here in conveying the subtle connections amongst and between societies. The more definite gold line between flowers is a metaphor for the connections we assume we control; a control that dissipates as it’s associated sense of superiority is lost in the murky depths of the ‘elsewhere’ suffering, increasingly caused by ‘us’. The ‘elsewhere’ to us is just a world of briefly shocking newspaper articles, soon to be buried and forgotten.

Rachel Newton One World, 2020

£750.00
H 60 cm x W 60 cm x D 5.5 cm
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About Rachel Newton

About the artwork

2020 Mixed Media on board 60x60x5.5cm, unframed, ready to hang. Rachel creates works in a variety of media, mainly acrylics, producing atmospheric and deceptively understated pieces often on a large scale. Our disjointed yet economically wealthy societies are closeted in the sheen of the superficially beautiful. Our claim that we are desensitised by reports of suffering ‘elsewhere’ is a convenient excuse not to have to analyse our lack of compassion and active response. The concept of a global community is just that, a concept. Until it becomes a brutally obvious reality that we are all connected, for better or worse, we’ll perhaps go on clinging to the comfort in a shiny veneer of tradition, beauty, wealth and superiority that is actually tarnishing the elsewhere’ and eventually us.

With the association of echinacea with its healing properties, I wanted the largely covered, tarnished flowers to be symbolic of how we invest time and money to try and make ourselves feel better. Small parts of the flowers are gold in an effort to enhance that idea of self improvement (through adornments). The ripple effect that has become typical in many of my paintings is a technique useful here in conveying the subtle connections amongst and between societies. The more definite gold line between flowers is a metaphor for the connections we assume we control; a control that dissipates as it’s associated sense of superiority is lost in the murky depths of the ‘elsewhere’ suffering, increasingly caused by ‘us’. The ‘elsewhere’ to us is just a world of briefly shocking newspaper articles, soon to be buried and forgotten.

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