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Rachel Colley

Rachel graduated from the University of Guelph in 2005 with a Bachelor of Studio Art where she focused on painting and drawing; she then graduated from Queen’s University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Education.

Rachel enjoys working in art education as she loves making and creating things as well as inspiring others to do the same. Her work includes abstract and representational painting and drawing, as well as illustration.

Artistic Statement

As an artist, I am very inspired by the natural world, small and secret treasures, textiles, remnants, mending and “making do”. I enjoy creating work that involves found objects and collage in combination with painting and drawing.

Everyday items, such as library cards and “To-do” lists that I incorporate into my work demonstrate an appreciation for finding beauty in the simple acts of daily life. The use of these types of paper based materials recall a sense of nostalgia for tangible items. These lists and cards are becoming increasingly uncommon as society furthers its dependence on computers, cell phones and all things digital.

My larger work focuses on colour harmony and is inspired by textiles such as rag rugs. Using the rag rug as inspiration, I draw attention to a tradition of re-using materials and creating something new from something considered waste. This attempt to recover historical forms of re-use poses a challenge to today's culture of consumption.



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