Rachel Wilberforce’s practice explores contemporary subjectivity through the relationship between everyday and 'other' space; specifically referencing Michel Foucault’s ideas on heterotopia. Through photography, installation and public artworks, she responds to sites with uncertain borders, on the edge and fleeting or hovering between different histories, uses and meanings. By examining a site's historical and contemporary status; she is drawn to the transitions, overlaps and traces of its identity, purpose and fabric of place, and the narrative of human experience therein. Much of Wilberforce's work reassembles and layers fragmented details - textures, found objects, architecture - where it becomes simultaneously fictitious and real, liminal and fixed.
Wilberforce was awarded a Distinction in MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts, London (2014). She has undertaken permanent public art commissions in the UK including Network Rail, London and Dreamland, Margate and 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).
Wilberforce is based at Resort Studios, Margate; where studio visits can be arranged by appointment. She lives and works in London / Kent.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images, Jeff Spicer.