Rachel Maclean


Rachel Maclean (b.1987) is a Glasgow-based multi-media artist who has rapidly established herself as one of the most distinctive creative voices in the UK. Creating baroque, hyper-real worlds using performance, green-screen technology and computer animation, Maclean spins razor-sharp contemporary fables that deal in timeless themes such as sexuality, power, innocence and corruption. She makes glowing, hyper-saturated videos using green screen technology and computer animation. Producing all the costumes, make up and sets and playing all the characters herself, Maclean creates disturbing yet hilarious narratives that blend appropriated present day pop cultural material with a multitude of narrative references.

Recent exhibitions include Too Cute! Sweet is About to Get Sinister, curated by Rachel Maclean, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2019), Rachel Maclean: The Lion and The Unicorn, National Gallery, London (2018), Annual Commission, Zabludowicz Collection (2018), Spite Your Face in Chiesa Santa Caterina, Alchemy Film and Arts Scotland+Venice (2017), Wot u : – ) about?, HOME, Manchester and Tate Britain (2016), We Want Data!, Artpace San Antonio, Texas (2016), British Art Show 8 (2015), Ok, You’ve Had Your Fun, Casino Luxembourg (2015), Please, Sir…, Rowing, London (2014), The Weepers, Comar, Mull (2014) and Happy & Glorious, CCA, Glasgow (2014).

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Rachel Maclean: Cutting Up the Canon of Art History

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The male gaze, misogyny, porn. Rachel Maclean discusses issues surrounding female identity in the history of art as tackled in her film ‘Make Me Up’.

Rachel Maclean: Myth, National Identity and Power

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Rachel Maclean explores the playful ways her video art questions contemporary politics.