This exhibition launches at 7.30 pm on Friday 27th May. It is then open from 28th May – 18th June from 10 am – 6 pm Monday to Saturday.
These paintings were made from 2019 to 2022, evolving through lockdown, exploring Rachel’s main source of joy and inspiration – interaction with nature. This relationship is deepened through shamanic journeys to connect with the spirits of plants, trees and animals. Many of these paintings were initiated in a ritual way, a journey becoming an invitation to the spirits to supply visual ingredients for the work (she is not concerned with the objective reality of these experiences. A bird once told her that she has no idea what reality is…)
In 2021 Rachel progressed from the shamanic journey paintings to painting abstract patterns on wooden panels – based on patterns and textures she sees in nature and the emotions that the Leitrim landscape arouses in her. More recently the patterns are becoming embedded in landscape images, highly stylized and brightly coloured but still incorporating elements observed in the physical world. All of these paintings are about a spiritual connection with the environment – communicating the sensual pleasure and delight that the order and chaos, rhythms and cycles of the natural world inspire in her. Her influences include Huichol yarn paintings, Native American art, Northern European mythology, Matisse, Chagall, Leonora Carrington, tarot cards, tree worship, the science of fungal networks and the Norwegian band Wardruna.