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The things we painted gold

May 3-29 2016

Ones relationship to gold is complex, arbitrary and universal. Gold can be so evocative that it can simultaneously inspire declarations of love and acts of violence. This contradiction and polarisation of emotions was the compelling force that brought the artists Gabriella Gilmore and Rachael Minott together.

 

Gabriella Gilmore is a UK based artist who explores the concept of making physical representation of spiritually significant spaces, often times recreating these space in environments foreign to their immediate significance. Through the formation of her pieces, she finds connections that transcend physical boundaries.

 

Rachael Minott is Jamaican born artist, living and working in the UK. Her practices focuses on the Caribbean and the power of self-representation in art. Through her practice she explores cultural self-portraiture as an act of empowerment and draws heavily upon religious iconography to restage historical narratives from Caribbean perspectives.

 

 

Through this exhibition they respond to their experience collaborating during the 4th Ghetto Biennale, where they attempted to recreate the Holy Trinity Cathedral out of found materials. The Cathedral had been the home to a number of Haitian masterpieces: murals created by Haitian artists depicting religious scenes using black figures and vivid Vodou imagery. The cathedral and the murals were destroyed in 2010 during the devastating earthquake that caused unspeakable damage to the country, and left scars so deep they threaten becoming a part of the countries landscape.

Minott and Gilmore are responding to their experience in Haiti and tracing the lines they found that crossed religious, geographical and cultural boundaries in gold.     

For further infromation see St Katherine's Precinct site.

Art Challenge

February- Mach 2016

For Lent 2016, Rachael set herself an art challenge: to complete an artwork a day, using Instagram as the outlet to publish each piece as it was completed. Instagram provided the restrictions on dimensions, but the project was otherwise non-restrained. It allowed space to experiment with subject matter, materiality and style, while injecting creativity into her every day life. 

 

4th Ghetto Biennale 2015 KREYÒL, VODOU and the LAKOU: forms of resistance: REZIREKSYON

December 2015

Gabriella Gilmore and Rachael Minott are two UK based artists who explore within their practice concepts of recreation, memory, spirituality and identity. They will be examining the process of forming a new cultural space from existing ideas and practices by recreating the structure of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which had been destroyed for the 6th time by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. 

 

The reconstruction will be influenced by other cultural imagery alive in the island, with the intention of exploring the process of re-appropriation and the merging of cultures as seen throughout the Caribbean and particularly through Haitian Kreyol and the practice of Vodou...

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Rachael Minott and Gabby Gilmore accepted as participants to the Ghetto Biennale 2015
August 2015
REZIREKSYON

Gabriella Gilmore and Rachael Minott are two UK based artists who explore within their practice concepts of recreation, memory, spirituality and identity. They will be examining the process of forming a new cultural space from existing ideas and practices by recreating the structure of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which had been destroyed for the 6th time by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. 

 

Rachael Minott shortlisted for the Platform Graduate Award 2014.

September 2014

 

One recent arts graduate from each of the five participating galleries in the South East region has been put forward to be considered for the award. This year a total of 31 artists were selected from 16 participating universities and colleges. The overall winner will be announced at a special event on 1 November at Aspex gallery in Portsmouth.

 

The five recent graduate artists who have been put forward to be considered for the award of £2500 and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional

 

Exhibition press

Irony and social commentary are perennial themes that have a place in the art and literary worlds. Rachael Minott’s “Jamaica choosing its Lover” is mounted in an old fashioned, highly stylized academic frame and executed in oils on card. The painting depicts a pudgy orange haired Caucasian man in stars and stripes bathing trunks (Trump like?) being fondled by a Jamaican Arawak figure, while the lurking Baron Samedi-like skeleton character on the right looks on. The style that she adopts to present a contemporary conundrum portrayed in an archaic, academic manner highlights the current political problem and places it in a continuum of historical choices. Like Greg Bailey, there is humour, double entendre and pathos, with a subtlety that leaves a more lasting impression, leaving one curious about the next thought or image to be conjured up through this thinker/artist.

September 19, 2014

Platform Award for Art

The International Gallery of Jamaica at Modern Art Oxford presents:
Evangelic: A Private View

Three short talks that introduce the ideas behind Rachael Minott’s Platform exhibition.

 

Rachael Minott introduces the history to the figures in her artworks : Sam Sharpe, Paul Bogle and George William Gordon and the work of Baptist Missionaries from England to Jamaica, reflecting on the role of objects and artworks in articulating these histories.


 

https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/platform-for-new-graduates-search-is-on-for-2014-award-winner

https://www.dlwp.com/platform-graduate-award-2014-shortlist-announced/

https://artreading.org/2014/09/15/evangelic-a-private-view/

https://www.oxonarts.info/whats-on/9470

https://www.artrabbit.com/events/platform-2014

http://frameandreference.com/shortlist-for-platform-graduate-award-2014-announced/

http://www.cvan.org.uk/news/2014/11/10/sophie-dixon-wins-2014-platform-graduate-award

June 11, 2014

Gin Dear

Review of GinDear exhibition 2014 including an interview with Rachael Minott

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