- Rachel Jordan
"This article is about the artist. For the "Simpsons" character see Rachel Jordan."Rachel Jordan (born
May 8, 1968) is a British artist and has been a frequent guest exhibitor with the Stuckist art group.Milner, Frank ed. "The Stuckists Punk Victorian", p.126, National Museums Liverpool2004, ISBN 1-902700-27-9] For Stuckist shows she created satirical figurative paintings however her main body of work is abstract paintings and drawings, alluding to cellular forms.
Life and career
Rachel Jordan was born in
Maldon, Essex, Englandand attended the University of Sheffield(1986–90), where she obtained Dual Honours in French and Hispanic Studies, then worked in office jobs until 1999, while also attending a fine art course 1995–98 at the City Literary Institute, London, where her final show, "The Princess Project", consisted of paintings about Princess Diana. In 2000 she started work as a picture researcher for BBC Books. The same year, she exhibited in the Stuckist show, "The Resignation of Sir Nicholas Serota" and took part, dressed as a Pierrot, in the first Stuckist demonstration against the Turner Prizeoutside Tate Britain.
In 2001, she moved from London to Chatham to live with Stuckist artist
Wolf Howard, with whom she shared a studio for three years. In 2003-4, she ran children's art workshops in Medwaygalleries and schools, then for Colchester Borough Council and FirstSite Gallery in 2005-6, and in Oxford in 2007. In 2004, she was included in the Stuckists' show, " The Stuckists Punk Victorian", at the Walker Art Galleryduring the Liverpool Biennial. She said that she is 95% recovered from ME, from which she suffered.
She was a friend of Miriam Hyman, who was killed in the
7 July 2005 London bombings.Jordan, Rachel [http://www.stuckism.com/MiriamHyman/Index.html "Miriam Hyman",] stuckism.com. Retrieved 31 March, 2007]
Jordan has painted work satirising the
Tategallery and the Turner Prize, including one painting based on Martin Creed's illuminated lettering "The Whole World - The Work = The Whole World", which at one time was displayed on the porticoof Tate Britain(it is now in Tate Modern). Jordan's painting shows the installation at Tate Britain, but with substituted words and is called "The Whole World - The Turner Prize = A Better World". She said::I felt incensed by Martin Creed's light going on and off in Tate Britain, but was unable to do a satirical painting of it because there was nothing there, so I did this one instead.
Her main body of work consists of
abstract paintings and drawings in acrylic, watercolour and charcoal using repeated patterns based on circles and squares. She said::I think I still have a lot of expression coming through because I use water colours, and that can be very variable in how strong or weak the colour is on the paper. I don’t try to keep the colour that consistent when I apply it. Also, I don’t use a ruler. So, if I’m doing a hexagon I don’t try to make it a totally perfect mathematical hexagon. I’m just drawing by hand, so I still regard my paintings as full and free expression. What is also unlimited is the amount and combination of colours and forms that you can have.Campbell, Aidan [http://www.culturewars.org.uk/2004-01/jordan.htm "Interview - Rachel Jordan",] culturewars.com, January 2004. Retrieved March 31, 2007.] She describes these abstracts as suggestive of "cellular life", citing influences from Paul Kleeand Edward Hopper, as well as Roman mosaics, Islamic patterns, Egyptian hieroglyphics and the shapes revealed in aerial photography. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/essex/content/articles/2005/10/04/rachel_jordan_event_feature.shtml "This cellular life - Rachel Jordan",] BBC online, 5 October 2005. Retrieved 18 June 2007.]
Notes and references
* [http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/exhibitions/stuckists/ukstuckists/racheljordon.asp Rachel Jordan on the Walker Gallery web site]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/essex/content/image_galleries/rachel_jordan_gallery.shtml?1 Image gallery on BBC site]
* [http://www.stuckism.com/MiriamHyman/Index.html Tribute by Rachel Jordan to Miriam Hyman] , killed in the
7 July 2005 London bombings
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