RACHEL GOODYEAR

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Rachel Goodyear's drawings present captured moments where characters reside within an existence where social etiquette no longer, or maybe never, applied. Many are seemingly devoid of emotion or stare blankly in resignation. Each physical piece of work and the occurrences and characters they deliver are preoccupied with their own individual existence within the boundaries of the surface they are drawn upon. Therefore, when groups of drawings are shown together, further relationships start to occur, creating an ever-evolving disjointed narrative as pieces are added and taken away.

She looks for unlikely relationships in everything she encounters and an idea is just as likely to be sparked by a peculiar happening that interrupts the mundane, as a major event that changes the way she lives, as a few words lifted from an advert for car insurance. From this constant everyday cross-referencing she creates carefully constructed coincidences that are delicate in their nature and unsettling in their content.

"Nothing is at home in these works, as if the world had been tapped lightly and everything had stumbled into unfamiliar positions" Dave Beech, review of We Will Cancel Your Membership and You Will Owe Us Nothing, Untitled Magazine, # 35, Summer 2005.

Rachel Goodyear completed BA (hons) Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2000 since when she has been practicing art in Manchester. She has exhibited regularly in the UK and abroad. Cats, Cold, Hunger and the Hostility of Birds, is a book of her drawings published by Aye-Aye Books. Artist led activities have included guest co-curator for Thermo 03 and Thermo 04 for The Lowry Centre, Salford and from 2003 until 2005 she was a co-director of Floating IP gallery, Manchester.

Rachel Goodyear is represented by Pippy Houldsworth London.

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