Rachel Wilberforce's practice explores contemporary subjectivity through the relationship between everyday and other space. Through photography, installation and public-realm artworks, her work responds to sites with uncertain borders, on the edge or hovering between different histories, uses and meanings.
In examining a site's historical and contemporary status, Wilberforce is drawn to the transitions, shifts and overlaps in identity, purpose and fabric of place, and the narrative of human experience. Much of her work reassembles and layers fragmented details - textures, found objects, architecture - where the work becomes simultaneously fictitious and real, liminal and fixed. In recent explorations of spatiality and reflectivity, the work considers space and the transcendental.
Wilberforce was awarded a Distinction in MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts, London (2014). She is currently working on a permanent public realm artwork for Southwark, London, and Network Rail, Southeastern and Margate Train Station, and recently Dreamland, Margate. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally including Standpoint Gallery, Tate Modern, Freud Museum, Open Eye Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Art, Leeds Art Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Limbo Substation Project Space, BFI Southbank, Stanley Picker Gallery, Van Abbemuseum and Ron Mandos Gallery. She was awarded the Rector’s Scholarship MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts (2014), shortlisted for WW Solo Award (2013) and The Salon Photography Prize (2011). Her work is part of Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Chaos Gallery and National Museums Liverpool collections. She is Creative Director of Re-Cog, Post Artists and Resort Studios Member and AIR (Artists Interaction and Representation) Councillor for a-n The Artists Information Company. Wilberforce lives and works in London and Kent. b. 1975.