The Great Central is pleased to present our first solo exhibition by Rachel Cattle.
Rachel Cattle's drawings in regulation 4B pencil capture scenes inspired by folklore, popular music, classic horror and romance. Shown here for the first time will be her latest series of drawings 'The Trees' based on the carvings of peoples names found in the bark of trees in her local park. These markers of territory and love speak of the pre-emptive and the invocation of creative forces.
Pinned on the wall of her studio, amongst the photos of tree trunks, are photocopies of song lyrics; Pulp's 'The Trees' and Kate Bush's 'Hounds of Love', that starts: âIt's in the trees! It's coming!" inspired by 1957 British horror movie Night Of The Demon. There is also a folk story called 'The Girl and The Dead Man' found in 'The Gift' by Lewis Hyde. In this tale, three sisters set out into the world armed only with their wits and bread baked by their mother. A small loaf and her blessing or a large loaf and her curse.
The show is informed by an interest in transformative processes and the ways in which the temporal is recorded and made permanent. The work documents and recreates trigger points perhaps in an attempt to recapture the moment of possibility.
Rachel Cattle is based in London and has exhibited throughout the UK as well as exhibitions in Berlin, Chicago and New York. Her latest publication, with regular collaborator Steve Richards, 'Linger On Your Pale Blue Eyes' has just been published by AND Publishing and she is currently an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins College Of Art and Design.