Rebecca Swainston’s distinctive and fascinating images of figures, objects and animals explore mind-body relationships through richly textured surfaces and strong narrative.
These uniquely thought provoking, moving and expressive works, by an artist known for producing challenging and powerful images, explore the human psyche through the secrets, thoughts and actions we selectively reveal and conceal.
Rebecca’s life time interest and research into ourrelationship and interaction with clothing and textiles, forms the central theme of this exhibition. Clothing acts as a fascinating metaphor for the human psyche and reveals and conceals an emotionally charged undertow. The mind body connection is explored in the work which delves into aspects of ourselves which we usually bypass and ignore.
Lusciously rendered animals inhabit the space exposing and animating human experiences, thoughts, qualities, strengths and vulnerabilities, revealing us as we are and unlock the elusive psychological aspects of the work.
Rebecca works in a wide range of media which, include oil on meticulously prepared Gesso Panels, drawings in charcoal and graphite, intaglio print media and fabric sculpture. Each media allows the artist to delve into specific aspects of her subjects and contribute to an intensely personal but universally relevant vision.
‘I have long been fascinated by the rituals, conventions and visual signs of our beliefs, social idiosyncrasies and the way we express them, consciously and unconsciously.’
Intense, colour filled and seductive, these works will leave a lasting impression and reward repeated viewing.