Rachel Duckhouse

Lochmaddy Fank ii, 2020

Pen and ink drawing

36.5 x 46.5 cm

  • Rachel’s work is in major collections including The British Museum, London
    Solo exhibitions include MacRobert Art Centre, Stirling and Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
  • Group exhibitions include: ‘Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing 1970 to now’, British Museum and touring; New acquisitions, British Museum, London; Objectspace, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Selected for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

This exciting new work from a series of natural geometry drawings by artist Rachel Duckhouse is based specifically on sheep fanks, situated on the Scottish Island of Eriskay. Duckhouse initially first came across these structures on long walks around the Outer Hebrides, whilst she was there for an RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Residency. Importantly, what then immediately struck Rachel was the striking concrete shapes in the natural environment. Originally made from necessity by crofters to put their sheep in, but now seeming almost more like sci-fi monoliths. Similarly, the brutalist structures are to her like contemporary pyramids, relating to puzzles and mazes of the past. After that, they became the inspiration for the natural geometry drawings, in this new body of work.

This new body of work is also importantly concerned with wider environmental concerns, such as rising water levels and the effects of global warming crisis.

This month, Rachel’s work is included in The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (previously the Jerwood Drawing Prize). The exhibition opens in London January 2021. Likewise, she is showing this new body of work in a solo exhibition now at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre.