Rachy McEwan is an artist based in London. She studied her Bachelor of Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2020 with a First Class. Rachy is currently working freelance at Print Club London and is starting her studies in September to complete a MA in Material Futures at UAL: Central Saint Martins.
Working with a range of media, that provokes all senses - visual, auditory and olfaction - Rachy juxtaposes the natural environment with man-made worlds - fusing multi-sensory experiences with synthetic and evolutionary biology to form bio-fictional landscapes. Investigating the artificial and natural systems that question the contemporaneous and intimate relationships between nature, the body and technology and their co-existence within environmental disturbance. She confronts the confusion in the concept of identity and forces us to question where one organism stops and another begins.
Utilising biopolitics of the senses, Rachy challenges traditional approaches to the human sensorium, emphasising olfaction as well as microbial and embodied intelligence. Through her research and “techno-sensual” artistic exploration, Rachy is opening new discourse in the realms of cognition, artificial intelligence and machine learning, introducing concepts of the sensorial ecology of intelligence, the machine microbiome, machine ecosystems, and biological machines. Maintaining a practice focused on co-subjectivity, Rachy’s projects include collaborations with engineers, robots, synthetic and microbiologists, computer scientists, perfumers, bacteria, fungus and lichens.
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Work

2022-Present Studio Technician, Print Club London, East London
2021-Present   Film Screening Coordinator, The Glasgow School of Art
2021-Present   Workshop Coordinator, Art-Making for Earthly Survival, The Glasgow School of Art
2021-Present   Workshop Facilitator, Commingling, Production and Reproduction, The Glasgow School of Art
2021-Present   Curator and Events Manager at Box Hub Vennel, Glasgow
2020-Present   Social media Coordinator Sustainability in Action Group, The Glasgow School of Art
2017-Present   Sales Assistant, End Clothing, Glasgow 

Education

2022-24 MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins, UAL
2018-20 BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking (First Class), The Glasgow School of Art
2017-18   Art Foundation Portfolio Course, Tramway Visual Arts Studio, Glasgow 
2016-17   HNC, Grade A

Residencies / Placements 

2020   Athens Residency, funded by The Glasgow School of Art
2020   Modual, University of Arts London Collaborative Digital Workshop 
2020   Host of Eco-Virtual Residency 
2020   Cel Del Nord, Virtual Residency 
2016   Grampus Heritage Placement, Iceland 

Press & Achievements 
2022   20:20 Event, Royal Scottish Academy 
2020   One Year after Graduation Talk, The Glasgow School of Art 
2014   Lilly Art Gallery Award, Glasgow

Curated Exhibitions & Screenings

2022 Close of Play: Art Making for Earthly Survival, Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art
2022   Creating Our Planet, Glasgow Goes Green Festival, Box Hub, North Street, Glasgow
2022   Creating Our Planet, Glasgow Goes Green Festival, The Alchemy Experiment
2022   Creating Our Planet, Glasgow Goes Green Festival Film Screening, The University of Glasgow
2022   No Arrow of Time, Box Hub, North Street, Glasgow

Solo Exhibitions

2020  The Art of Living on a Damaged Planet, 16 Nicolson Street, Glasgow
2019   See Through, Project Space, The Victoria Cafe, Glasgow  
2014   Advanced Higher Art Exhibition, Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow

Group Exhibitions 

2022   Situated Knowledges: Organism, Plantationocene, Bio-Politics, IOTA Studio Gallery, Glasgow
2022   RSA New Contemporaries 2022, The Mound, Edinburgh 
2022   Environmental Arts, CCA, Glasgow 
2021   When We Have Never Been Human, What Is to Be Done?,  Box Hub, Axiom, Glasgow
2021    COP26 Exhibtion, The Salt Space, Glasgow
2021    Graduates x Open House, NCP George Street, Glasgow 
2021    Alternative Degree Show, The Pipe Factory, Glasgow 
2018    SOUP, Group Exhibition, The Glue Factory, Glasgow
2018    GSA Year 3 Exhibition, The Arches, Lauriston, Glasgow 
2018    Test Bed, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2018    More Is Less, Laurieston Arches, Glasgow
2018    Re-visit, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow 
2016    Raspberry Ripple, Southside, Glasgow
2017    Portfolio Exhibition, Tramway Visual Arts Studio, Glasgow
2016    Portfolio Exhibition, Tramway Visual Arts Studio, Glasgow
2015    Portfolio Exhibition, The 13th Note, Glasgow
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