Accession Code: WU0915
Title: Simply Carry This Map to Travel Through Time
Date completed: 2008
Medium: Oil, acrylic and gouache on canvas
Height (mm): 1524
Width (mm): 1270
Location Name: Zeeman Building
Location Description: Landing
Location Floor: 2
Work: © Fiona Rae
Photograph: Antony Makinson / Prudence Cuming Assoc.
Sticking faithfully to painting throughout her career, Rae pushes the boundaries of the medium in her practice incorporating a wide range of techniques. In this work we have areas of thick impasto jostling for position with other motifs: seemingly endless even brush strokes which loop across the canvas; lines of dots; completely smooth areas of poured paint; thick, bright, multicoloured sweeping strokes and tiny hairs-breadth painted fissures.
Whilst painting has in recent times become regarded by many as an unfashionable and outdated medium, Rae’s practice is right up to date. Her starting point is a computer, which she uses to plan the foundations of the painting, allowing her to consider different shades in a quick and easy fashion. From this point on everything is hand done and time is taken to achieve the right results. Paints can take several hours to mix and each mark once placed is carefully considered before moving on to the next. She is particularly interested in the discourse between low and high culture and she achieves this by the introduction of mass-produced, off the peg elements, in this case toy bears and rabbits.