Selected works by Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams


Wood, fabric, glue, photocopy paper, gouache

70 x 160 x 70 cm

Rachel Adams’ work is drawing, but not quite as we know it. Using paper draped over
wooden armatures to create large sculptural forms in bleached-out, faded pastel tones, Adams extrapolates one of drawing’s traditional functions – to define spatial relationships on a plane – into three dimensions. Her work occupies the space of the gallery much as a bronze sculpture would, but with none of its mass and spatial aggression.

Rachel Adams


Wood, fabric, paper, furniture legs, gouache (green)

145 x 90 x 90 cm

Rather, her work seems both dominant and not, confrontational and self-effacing. Forms that nod to the human body, their titles (Recliner, Ottoman, Posturing) implying physical confidence and relaxation, contain contradictions.

Rachel Adams


Starched tie-dyed fabric, mdf, timer frame, painted waxed paper

posturing: 180 x 100 x 70 cm, plinth: 100 x 100 x 100 cm

There’s nothing imposing about their delicate, crinkled surfaces, and yet they oblige a certain mode of engagement in the viewer – looking up, around, behind – that generate an unusual power imbalance between the viewer and the viewed.
Occupying the space of the human body, Adams’ works suggest a physical absence, something drained of life, yet crackling with potential energy.

Text by Ben Street

Rachel Adams's Biography

Rachel Adams
Born in 1985, Edinburgh, Scotland
Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland


Space‚ÄďCraft, Tramway 5, Glasgow

Posturing, as part of the Sculpture Show, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Refurnished, Galerie De Expeditie Amsterdam, Holland

Cut From Whole Cloth, Domobaal, London
Marble Mouthed, The Duchy, Glasgow
The Compleat Lounger, The Shop, Cambridge, UK

Blind Alchemy, collaborative exhibition with Ian Giles, Royal Standard, Liverpool and Studio Warehouse, Glasgow, supported by the Scottish Arts Council.

Golden Years, New Work Scotland Programme, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


Pavilion, David Dale Gallery & Studios, Glasgow
Arrives in Starting, part of Glasgow International, The Duchy, Glasgow, Scotland
Art Rotterdam

LABF, Whitechapel Gallery, Domobaal, London
Look With All Your Eyes, look, Frith Street Gallery, London
Outpost Summer Fayre: Am Nuden Da, Embassy, Grand Union, OUTPOST, Norwich, UK
The Chalet Prize, The Chalet, Glasgow

Be The Hammer or The Anvil, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK
Bold Tendencies IV, Hannah Barry Gallery, London
Nothing New Under the Sun, The Duchy, Glasgow
Ekkert Nytt Undir Solinni/ Nothing New Under The Sun, Skaftell Centre for Visual Art, Iceland/The Duchy,Glasgow
Salon, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

Time Is a Sausage ( A Show of Shows) Domobaal, London
4 New Sensations, A Foundation, London
Neapolitan, Intermedia Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

Catalyst Art, Annual Student show, Catalyst Arts, Belfast