Today’s Q&A comes from mosaic artist Rachel Cooke. Read how she produces her work and where you can find her and her gorgeous work on this years Sale Arts Trail.
What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
I use mixed media: found and salvaged materials, vintage tiles and my own handmade ceramic pieces combined with industrial and domestic ceramic tile as blocks of colour to create a rich multi textured surface. I am fascinated by the possibilities that such combinations of media provide to describe or suggest and to intrigue the viewer. My inspiration is in the landscape, and by notions of what remains from ancient history and archaeology. Miniature pieces are more playful.
What 5 words best describe your work?
texture, contrast, unexpected, unique, landscape
Do you have any design heroes?
Years ago I was taught by a great and still prolific local artist, painter Alan Thompson. Whilst he works directly from observation and my processes bear no resemblance to his, I admire his approach and can find connections with my work and his paintings. I’ve always been drawn to ‘painterly’ paintings and find my work is perhaps unexpectedly (given my medium) in some way moving in that direction. I’m also drawn to sculpture, particularly outdoors and admire the likes of Barbara Hepworth and Anthony Gormley.
Where is your studio?
In the garden I love gardening in!
Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio.
Getting excited by new found combinations of shape and colour
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
Using new colours and playing with more pattern from vintage tiles.
Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
I very much enjoyed showing my work at SAT organiser Sarah Malone’s house.
What will you be selling at SAT15?
New wall pieces and miniatures, only just finished and framed in time!
What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
Tell us something we don’t know.
I never draw!