Rachel Campbell

Rachel Campbell

RACHEL CAMPBELL
AT HOME IN THE WORLD

through SEPTEMBER 16

STATEMENT

I am like a poet who writes about the everyday with images, journaling and responding to experiences in my life in my paintings. I sometimes explore the urban landscapes of the American South, and at other times those of my homeland, New Zealand. My images also invariably involve narratives. These often then combine to evoke the sense of belonging that we all long for, no matter what our particular environment might be.

ABOUT RACHEL CAMPBELL

Rachel Campbell is from Christchurch, New Zealand. She has lived in the USA since 2003. She went to the Otago School of Art in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the Central School of Art in Toronto, Canada.

Rachel is a visual poet who writes about the everyday, expressing her experience of life in paint. She frequently explores the urban landscapes of the American South, and of her homeland, New Zealand. Her images also invariably presuppose narratives. These often then combine to evoke the sense of belonging that we all long for, no matter what our particular environment might be.

Rachel has exhibited in the United Kingdom, Germany, and New Zealand, as well as in the USA. Locally she exhibits at Tyndall Gallery, Chapel Hill, Craven Allen Gallery Durham, and the Mahler Gallery, Raleigh. She has exhibited at Art Space, Gallery 2, Fresh, the Durham Art Guild, Frank Gallery, and in other local group shows. She was recently awarded the Emerging Artist Grant for Durham in 2013, and fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center and the Key West Artist Residency.

“Once more Rachel Campbell brings our attention back to the overlooked, this time with water bottles, dish soap, and styrofoam containers. Her playful attention to these details (i.e. the things we remove from photographs) is all the more delightful when juxtaposed against the curated ‘real life’ images of social media. (How many pictures of lattes looking just so have you seen lately?) Here the difference between Rachel’s artwork and the artfully edited images on our newsfeeds strikes me as down right funny.

In Rachel’s words: ‘It’s just not what you would expect, much like you wouldn’t expect a trailer in a painting of a landscape. And yet these things have their own inherent beauty and comedy. There is often a quirkiness to them that I really like…It’s about doing the ordinary and the everyday and not wanting to beautify or pretty it all up.'”

-Lauren Greenspan, local videographer and art enthusiast.