Rachel Clancy
MA Painting

I am a figurative painter, concerned with ideas surrounding illusion, trickery and magic. I am interested in how my artifice with paint could mimic the sleight of hand nature of a magic trick. Through using a technical, layered process of painting, I am interested in how a surface of paint acts as an illusion to a viewer. I incorporate mundane, everyday objects in my paintings, distorting their context and emphasising them in my compositions. Colour and lighting are also important in my practice, as I use glazes of oil paint to enhance depth and luminosity in my works. The scenes in my works are often cropped, and explore the presence and non-presence of a figure through explorations of domestic spaces.