Rachel Cattle's drawings in regulation 3B pencil capture moments, places or elements inspired by folklore, myth and classic horror. "From the dark and unspeakable creatures that live under the bed to the witches that live out in the forest."
Cattle's work ranges across the media of film, book and drawing, through each runs her simple use of drawing and shading, and the depiction of narrative. The idea of horror in Cattle's work focuses on the unknown, the anxiety of the potential. In her comic book 'Don't Stray from the Path' (2006), whole pages and strips and devoted to darkness and the moon, with the black of night 'hatched in' in the 3B pencil, these images are redrawn from select scenes from films like 'American Werewolf in London' and 'Badlands'. Her drawing seems to focus more on the scenes one might find in folklore and old fairy-tales similar to 'Baba Yaga' or 'Peter and the Wolf'. They are often details as in 'Axe', 2007, which is simply and axe sticking out of a log, or 'Untitled (Hillside)', 2007, where we see a barn at the edge of a wood in a scene devoid of any characters. These drawings could easily fit into a book of Brothers Grimm tales, but taken out of a narrative they are given a silence similar to the anxiety or creatures under the bed.
Exhibited at De Montfort Hall will be a selection of Rachel's latest drawings.
Rachel Cattle & Steve Richards will be the first in OFFSITE's 'Persistence of Vision' series of Artist film and animation exhibitions showing at Phoenix Arts from 1st May 2008.