Rachel Duckhouse

Carraidh at Lochmaddy iv, 2020

Pen and ink drawing

30 x 32 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 2020/21

Rachel Duckhouse uses monochrome drawings to depict traditional fish traps made in natural landscapes. In ‘Carraidh at Lochmaddy iv’,  Rachel makes her series from her time at the RSA residency at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre. Rachel discovered many natural wonders on this residency, these monochrome drawings portray stones for trapping fish. Specifically she draws these stones as the rocks are immersed by rippling waters of high tide. Consequently, the rocks form a natural barrier which trap fish and sea creatures when the tide returns to the sea at low tide. Eventually, they reveal themselves fully at low tide. Specifically, in the Outer Hebrides, these stones have been used for this purpose for generations. In many ways, their presence in the landscape now stands as testament to a traditional way of life, now lost. It also stands as a mark of rising tides and global climate changes, highlighting how these effect communities.

All in all, the monochrome drawings act as records of a lost tradition. Although the rocks are no longer in use, each line of rocks continues to appear and disappear twice a day. Mostly, Rachel reflects the rippling wind across the water and the movement of the water around the stones in the drawings. Finally, she uses the geometric patterning on the paper to depict movement of both wind across water, and water around the stones, setting an internal dynamism to the work.