Rachael Garland: Talking to the Wall

Talking to the Wall is an interplay between 2D and 3D, past and present, real and imagined.

The idiom 'like talking to the wall' is an expression often used to describe talking without receiving any kind of reaction or response from the person you're speaking to.

It can also be used to describe the habit of talking to oneself when alone.

In this exhibition, the body of work builds on territory often explored in earlier 2-dimensional works (print and painting) which are primarily based on personal narrative, the domestic realm and in particular the observations of human relationships. 

A venture into 3 dimensional sculptural pieces means the characters often found residing within spaces and landscapes in prints and paintings basically 'come to life' in 3 dimensional form.

Continuing themes of the domestic realm come to the fore in that the components used to make the work are objects and things found in homes and/or readily sourced in a domestic setting - paper, glue, plaster, recycled textiles, toys and discarded pieces of joinery.

Rachael studied at Quay School of Fine Arts and graduated in 2003 with high distinction majoring in printmaking. Since graduating Rachael has continued her art making in printmaking and painting, and more recently in 3D construction and mixed media works. Rachael has participated in numerous group and solo shows throughout New Zealand, and has work in many private collections both nationally and overseas.

She is Mum to 3 boys. She often stands on sharp bits of stray lego with bare feet by mistake. Rachael's artwork is often an amalgamation of the real and the imagined. Recurring themes are magpies, dolls, and objects from her domestic realm alongside more fantastical, dream-like imagery and symbolism. They are often strong narratives about domestic life, motherhood and personal history.

In 2013 Rachael started studying towards her Masters Degree and is currently focussing on its completion.

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Artists in Exhibition: 
Rachael Garland
Date of Exhibition: 
25 February - 21 March
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