Rachel Ann Stevenson (1982)
Rachel Ann Stevenson was born in London UK, where she still lives and works. Educated at the NULC College of Art and Design, The Oval School of Figurative Sculpture, The Royal Society of Portrait Sculpture and Taxidermy under the tuition of Mike Gadd, she works in figurative bronze and mixed media sculptures, often adding taxidermy and glass in order to create a seductive and elegant yet spooky and eerie feel.
The subjects within Stevenson work are inherently autobiographical, as she creates starkly beautiful and haunting images, drawing on feelings of vulnerability, love, loss, longing, to desire and finally to be desired. In short, life in all its strained and strange beauty, often influenced by literature and fairy tales.
Stevenson’s 'Vigils Echo' series captures a strange untamed beauty. The apparently fragile creatures look like they are made of porcelain, but are in reality strong and solid beings cast in polystone or lacquered bronze.
“In my work I try to capture the impossible the swirling mist of a dreamers mind, as artists we are daydreamers and our business is capturing the impossible, holding on to it and showing it to the world.”