Rachel Harrison

Rachel Harrison was born in 1966 in New York where she still lives and works. She does not favour one particular medium: her work encompasses drawings, installations and sculptures. During the 1990s she developed a language that combines commonplace objects, such as aluminium step ladders, with abstract and brightly coloured compositions: in front of these assemblages, it is difficult to establish where the support ends and the work begins. In her drawings, references to pop culture – for examples, a girl who reminds the viewer of Amy Winehouse – are combined with quotations from the artistic tradition, such as African sculpted heads or Picasso’s clown figures. In a recent series of installations, the artist combines diverse materials and objects on which which she then displays photographs. The selection of images that she incorporates into her work reveals a reflection on the values of contemporary society and on the western thought system.