Drawing Centre Diepenheim | 2022
Drawing Disynclination using a 9mm pencil
From September to the end of November 2022, Rachel lived and worked in Diepenheim, NL, as part of Drawing Centre Diepenheim’s Mondriaan Fund residency program in 2022. Through this program, the Mondriaan Fund offers visual artists the opportunity to develop their work, thereby also enriching contemporary visual art and cultural heritage in the Netherlands.
During the working period, Rachel continued to explore how drawing can work within larger issues related to landscape, geology, mining and the aesthetics of climate crisis. She experimented with a number of new media, exploring different ways of expanding her drawing practice to include and absorb her research into excavation landscapes, while also continuing to make meticulous semi-sculptural drawings on crumpled paper with graphite. These drawings made a transition from being flat, wall based pieces to becoming more three dimensional and spatial, accentuating their sculptural possibilities and presence as material and objects in space.
While most of these drawings became part of the exhibition Deep Drawing held at Drawing Centre Diepenheim in 2023, the more experimental works involving projections, visual layering and rubbings (frottage) are still in development, and will evolve into new works in the months to come.
Located in tranquil rural surroundings, Drawing Centre Diepenheim is an art space that offers time and space for close observation, conversation, and opportunities to engage with drawing as a means of discovering and understanding today’s world together. The Drawing Centre’s programme fosters experimentation and research. The Centre encourages expanding the boundaries of the medium, experimenting with new modes of exhibition-making and engaging with new forms of representation. Questioning the role of drawing in the development of contemporary visual art is one of the starting points.
View of Disynclination from the side. There was a lot of space to try out different ways of installing the drawing. In the background a large rubbing of a tree stump.
Side view of Adrift, testing out various ways of supporting the drawing in space
Front view of Adrift. At almost 2 x 3 meters, being able to walk around the drawing and view it at a distance was very special.
Disynclination in an early version
A graphite rubbing of a large forest fern
Projection of an image made during the Summer of 2022, of a coal mine in Pennsylvania
Light projected onto a graphite drawing of crumpled paper
Images projected over drawings, in different layers
Rubbing of a cross section of an oak tree, donated by the sawmill Twickel, in Delden. The rubbing took 8 hours to make, using a 9 mm pencil.
A large rubbing made over a period of 4 or 5 days, in a field near the town of Diepenheim
The width of the oak tree was too broad to fit on one piece of paper, so had to be made in sections
Rubbing made indoors, on one sheet of paper
The detail of this way of working is very fine, with the saw marks and tree nerves both being visible
The drawing SlopeEnd in an early phase.
Rural surroundings of Diepenheim in October 2022