Rachael Berry


“I have always been fascinated by faces and enjoy the merger of form, feeling and familiarity that is the essence of a person (the thing that is absent from a corpse/waxwork). Skin, I suspect, may keep me entertained indefinitely.

I am also fascinated by familiarity: the way we subconsciously absorb subtle characteristics to the point that we will recognise a person in silhouette at the other end of the street from just the way that they walk without having had the faintest idea that we knew anything about the way that they move.
It’s something so readily absorbed and processed by the brain. I enjoy trying to represent this familiarity. It’s more than just the way things look too: We find incredibly strong and particular feelings of familiarity in people, places, smells, feelings..  and not just in what we might have considered familiar. Sometimes these feelings appear in places we’ve never been and with people we’ve never met.
I remember being three or four years old, holding a pencil and thinking, ‘I want to paint and draw things that look like stuff’.
A pursuit of honest figurative representation continues to be a huge drive for my work, leading me to a major interest in trompe l’oeil, true spectral reproduction of colour and the way that we see vs. the way that we THINK we see.”

I am also currently exhibiting with CULT MOUNTAIN New Artists Emporium in London and am available to discuss commissions.

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