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Artist talk review: Rachel Goodyear at the Grundy Art Gallery

It was a pleasure today (11th June 2022) to visit our lovely Grundy Art Gallery to see with Rachel Goodyear, as her show ‘Stirrings’ concludes. I had enjoyed this show previously and was keen to hear the artist’s views upon it.

Hosted by Grundy curator, Paulette Brien, the event was interactive with opportunities for questions and discussion of the work. Cabinets housed samples of Rachel’s preliminary sketches in pencil and watercolour.

Standing in front of the works, Rachel was able to expound on the creative process, influences and materials choice. These are mainly pencil drawings, but enhanced with watercolour, not the easiest medium to manipulate. As an amateur artist, it was somewhat comforting to gather that professionals sometimes have to start from scratch too, although this is with no schadenfreude. Some of the pieces had taken weeks to complete being extremely intricate. There seems to have been something of a trend against drawing, which Rachel Goodyear belies.

The group was rapt as it moved from room to room. The larger pieces are the biggest that Rachel had drawn and had clearly been a technical challenge. They have a surreal and sometimes disturbing quality. Rachel referred back to the preliminary work, which might hang around for years before being developed and incorporated into a final piece. She has now moved into animation using several of the images around the room. The group also received a short commentary on the soundscape accompanying the striking moving images.

It is difficult to imagine a more pleasant afternoon than this. ‘Stirrings’ will now transfer to a Salford gallery. A video of today’s event will be on the Grundy Art Gallery YouTube channel.

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