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Rachel Maclean

(born 1987) is a multi-media artist. She was born in Edinburgh, and lives and works in Glasgow.

Rachel creates art films with fantasy worlds, which explore themes of politics, social and personal identity, and popular culture. She creates highly coloured, surreal, day-glo worlds with elaborate sets and bizarre characters.

Wearing colourful costumes and make-up, Maclean takes on every role in her films herself. She uses computer technology to generate her locations, and borrows audio from television and cinema to create plots with a humorous element.

Rachel Maclean

(born 1987) is a multi-media artist. She was born in Edinburgh, and lives and works in Glasgow.

Rachel creates art films with fantasy worlds, which explore themes of politics, social and personal identity, and popular culture. She creates highly coloured, surreal, day-glo worlds with elaborate sets and bizarre characters.

Wearing colourful costumes and make-up, Maclean takes on every role in her films herself. She uses computer technology to generate her locations, and borrows audio from television and cinema to create plots with a humorous element.

Rachel Maclean

(born 1987) is a multi-media artist. She was born in Edinburgh, and lives and works in Glasgow.

Rachel creates art films with fantasy worlds, which explore themes of politics, social and personal identity, and popular culture. She creates highly coloured, surreal, day-glo worlds with elaborate sets and bizarre characters.

Wearing colourful costumes and make-up, Maclean takes on every role in her films herself. She uses computer technology to generate her locations, and borrows audio from television and cinema to create plots with a humorous element.

We will visit an exhibition of Rachel’s work at the Zabludowicz Collection. It will include a new film by Rachel called ‘Make Me Up’. This film takes a satirical* look at the contradictory pressures faced by women today. It examines how television and social media can be fun and expressive spaces to explore identity but, at the same time, can be a prison that encourages women to conform to strict beauty ideals. In the film, the character of Siri wakes to find herself trapped inside a candy-coloured dreamhouse. Despite the cutesy decor, the place is far from safe, and she and her inmates are encouraged to compete for survival while being watched over by surveillance cameras, 24/7.

Feed Me’ is a film created by Rachel, as part of a project at the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham. You can watch an edited version of the film here: https://vimeo.com/171024967 Here is a short film of Rachel talking about ‘Feed Me’ where she talks about some of the themes that she explores: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9DFdQvGn-w

Before the visit, it might be interesting to hear Rachel talking about the film in this interview: https://vimeo.com/297272132

Thinking points:

Can you relate to some of the themes that Rachel explores? Do you think the way she explores these themes, through her darkly-comedic films, is powerful and why?

Who do you think her work would appeal to and why?

 

*Satire: a way of criticizing people or ideas in a funny or entertaining way, especially in order to make a political point

Rachel Maclean

(born 1987) is a multi-media artist. She was born in Edinburgh, and lives and works in Glasgow.

Rachel creates art films with fantasy worlds, which explore themes of politics, social and personal identity, and popular culture. She creates highly coloured, surreal, day-glo worlds with elaborate sets and bizarre characters.

Wearing colourful costumes and make-up, Maclean takes on every role in her films herself. She uses computer technology to generate her locations, and borrows audio from television and cinema to create plots with a humorous element.