Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited with text by Anette Hüsch, Dörte Zbikowski. Text by Joshua Paul Dale, Muriel Meyer, Nina Power, Matthew Shaul.
Using digital video, virtual reality and photographic technology, Scottish artist Rachel Maclean (born 1987) creates powerful narratives set in garishly colorful fantasy worlds. Her funny, scathing satires on contemporary life cite fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Kenneth Grahame’s children’s book The Wind in the Willows. Wearing outlandish costumes and elaborate make-up, the artist almost always plays the various characters in her works herself. Her distinctive compositions address topics such as nationalism, social changes in virtual space, gender images and consumer behavior.
This volume, accompanying her exhibition at Kunsthalle zu Kiel, features HD video projections, a VR installation and digital paintings. Accompanying these are five essays by Anette Hüsch, Matthew Shaul, Nina Power, Joshua Paul Dale and Muriel Meyer, which present insightful views of Maclean’s oeuvre.
This is the first monograph on Scottish multimedia Rachel Maclean (born 1986). Exploring themes such as childhood, identity, consumerism and the media, Maclean’s work uses the visual tropes and references of the internet era to create a biting critique of contemporary life.