The Lion

by Rachel MacLean
  • Medium: Screenprint
  • Image size: 25.2 x 44.7cm
  • Edition size: 20

Rachel MacLean

My work slips inside and outside of history and into imagined futures, creating hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions that are both nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque. I am a Glasgow based artist working largely in green screen composite video and digital print, often exhibiting this alongside props, costumes and related sculpture and painting.

In recent videos such as 'Over The Rainbow' and 'LolCats' I create synthetic spaces in which Katy Perry discuses teeth whitening with an aristocratic cat, a decapitated diva dances to hip pop and a pastel blue dog sings for The Queen.I am the only actor or model in my work and invent a variety of characters that mime to appropriated audio and toy with age and gender. These clones embody unstable identities: conversing, interacting and shifting between cartoonish archetypes, ghostly apparitions and hollow inhuman playthings. My video attempts to unify the aesthetic of Poundland, Youtube, Manga, Hieronymus Bosch and High Renaissance painting with MTV style green screen and channel changing cuts.Inspired by the Britney Spears head shaving, I explore the moment at which unified, constructed identity throws it's self up and tips into it's opposite. The instant of self-consumption, when the signature white smile of the teen pop sensation begins to hungrily gnaw at it's own image.


Rachel Maclean is a Glasgow based artist and recent graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, studying Drawing and Painting. She recently received a 6-month residency at the Banff Centre in Canada and is currently completing a short film titled ‘Over The Rainbow’, which was produced during her time there. In addition she is working with the Visual Effects Research Lab at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee on new video titled ‘Lolcats’. She also produced a music video earlier in the year to accompany ‘Pleasure Palaces’, the latest single release from Glasgow band Errors. Recent group shows she has been involved in include, Microstoria at The Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, Polygon at Kunstarkaden in Munich and Sisyphus Happy at Backlit Gallery in Nottingham. She has an upcoming solo show at in June at Current Projects in Brisbane, Australia.

Work by Rachel MacLean