Rachel Duckhouse

Eriskay Fank i, 2020

Pen and ink drawing

27 x 31 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

Rachel Duckhouse uses Optical art to the full effect in ‘Eriskay Fank i’. This work is part of a new series of geometric drawings based on sheep fanks on the Scottish Island of Eriskay. The artist first came across these structures on walks on the island while there for a RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Residency. The pen and ink drawing shares the use of geometric patterning to create movement and illusion on the paper with other works from this series.

What draws Rachel to them is the way that these striking concrete shapes appear in the natural environment. These were originally made by crofters to put their sheep in, but now seeming almost more like sci-fi monoliths. The structures seem to her to be like contemporary pyramids, relating to puzzles and mazes of the past.

The monochromatic drawing relates strongly to Optical art and geometric drawing by the likes of Bridget Riley.  The black pen and ink marks create depth and movement across the paper.

# drawing  # work on paper  # geometric # landscape   # environmental art