Rachel Goodyear creates drawings that present a peculiar world of disjointed narratives – they are sometimes absurd and ridiculous, and at other times full of melancholy and loss; mostly tinted with dark humour. Her characters come from a world where etiquette and boundaries have broken down and they explore new ways to communicate. Within each image she tries to maintain a sense of tension and playfully blur the balance between harmonious and parasitic relationships. She mostly works with pencil on paper, and over recent years has allowed her drawings to slip in and out of their papery world through projections, animations collage and sculptural installation.
Rachel studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University, and now works from a studio at Islington Mill, Salford. She has exhibited in the UK and abroad, and is currently displaying an installation, ‘Thought Spill’ at The Curitiba Biennial, Brazil; solo shows include The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Pippy Houldsworth, London; and group shows at Folkwang Museum, Essen, and The Tate, Liverpool. Past residencies have included The Banff Center, Canada, and Berlinspace, Berlin.
During her residency at Flux Factory, Rachel hopes to create an energetic collage of ideas beginning with drawings and projections and expanding out to the possibilities of collaboration, performance, projected intervention, writing, hand drawn loops, costume and creative social engagement. She’s presently working on hand drawn animation.