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In Conversation With Rachel Kenny

In Conversation With Rachel Kenny written by Sarah CK All Rights Reserved © Void Magazine Sarah CK

Rachel Kenny is Cork-born Dublin-based Multidisciplinary artist with an eclectic history having previously studied Philosophy, Sociology and Drama before going on to a degree of Fine Art in NCAD. Rachel met me for a coffee between her search for a new studio and made for a very engaging lunch date. In true philosophical nature we chatted about conceptual art practices, creating purpose and connecting practice with the natural world.

Rachel tells me how the celebration of slowness is at the core of her personal philosophy. Rejecting the modern idea that productivity is the equivalent of a fast pace. Rachel instead prioritises both intention and intuition in her work. Finding beauty in the deliberate process of metamorphosis.

Which makes perfect sense when you consider her appreciation for medium, paper making and cyanotype being a major contributor to her work. Utilising the natural process of the sun means bringing in a stillness and trust to her work. Allowing nature to guide her along in her process and be her close collaborator means her art will naturally evolve in time. An evolution I personally look forward to witnessing.

Rachel’s recent Graduate Award from Graphic Studio Dublin in 2023 stands as a testament to her talent. As we anticipate her trajectory in a post-pandemic world, Rachel’s fusion of intellectual depth and deliberate connection with nature promises a continued evolution. If you would like to keep up with Rachel’s work you can find her online @Rachel.kenny.

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