Rachel Duckhouse

Stepping Stones at Loch Euphoirt, 2020

Pen and ink drawing

51 x 65.5 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

Rachel Duckhouse’s Landscape drawing is very distinctive. In these drawings, she uses the monochrome and geometric patterning to full effect. The artist made this series of works as a result of her experiences in the Outer Hebrides. Rachel spent time there as part of her Royal Scottish Academy Residency and was struck by these stones set in the landscape. The work depicts the tidal stepping stones used by crofters on the island of North Uist for their flock of sheep to cross. As such, it is a record of a traditional way of life.

The pen and ink drawing, with its strong geometric patterning, uses the line to depict movement of both wind and water, as they move around these stones. The work therefore celebrates the natural elements. Similarly, Rachel conveys the strength of the wind on the sea, moving around the tidal stepping stones, powerfully in this drawing.

As with much of Rachel’s work, the landscape drawing also touches on wider environmental concerns, such as rising water levels and the effects of global warming.

This work is part of a series of works that Rachel discusses in INSIDE THE STUDIO.