Rachel Adams makes sculptures and drawings, which use a flirtatious abstract language. Lowly, everyday materials are transformed into artworks by straightforward processes completely altering their meaning. Inspiration for Rachel's New Work Scotland Programme exhibition came from David Bowie's Life on Mars. Rachel created new sculptures and drawings that explored the visual culture that surrounds this fictional and real iconic figure. The installation functioned in a similar manner to a domestic living room, combining ideas of glamour with domestic design and 70s nostalgia. Meanwhile, the black and white animation Retroscoping silently traced Bowie's mouth throughout the Life on Mars video.
New Work Scotland Programme was an initiative launched by Collective in 2000. Through an open call, New Work Scotland Programme identified and supported some of the most promising new artists working in Scotland - providing them with the opportunity to create new work and bring it to the attention of a wider public. The 2009 participants were Anna Tanner, Michael White, Rachel Adams, Jennifer Grant, Katharina Kiebacher and PLACE Projects.
New Writing Scotland grew out of New Work Scotland Programme and was initiated in 2004 in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art's Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies, to promote creative writing about the visual arts coupled with targeted support to the exhibiting artists - providing them with them with their first artists text.
This is an archived programme entry.