Rachel’s Reflection
August 30, 2010, 3:42 pm
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We come and we go

For this residency, I was initially planning to use the basement space as a studio, and explore my practise as a painter. However, as the time passed and I familiarised myself with Milkwood and the people that visited, I decided it was the perfect environment to develop my interest in portraiture.

The reality of the isolation and darkness of the basement resulted in finding myself naturally drawn towards the light and the people in thebuilding, and so here I am in the attic, surroundedby faces. The original idea was to paint traditional portraits of the people that I encountered while I was here, however my trusted SLR proved to be so inspirational, I decided to attemot to complete as many paintings as possible based on the hundreds of photographs hat I took, developing a form of speed painting.

Visitors and customers were happy to have their portraits taken, and a few even came especially! So not I have a very tempting bank of digital portraits that I am able to- time permitting- transform into paintings, exploring and developing my practice within the timeframe and space that this residency has offered me.

As an artist one can never guarantee the outcomes or successes of a project. I acknowledge the influence of Milkwood in my paintings whilst exploring the relationship between people and place within the context of the shop; the rather quaint and nostalgic atmosphere in the portraits reflect the identity of Milkwood itself.

Rachel McLaughlin

August 2010

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coming and going…
August 13, 2010, 1:18 pm
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The Basement’s Portrait Project
August 6, 2010, 9:36 am
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…we come and we go.

 “Recently I have been working on portraits and my time in Milkwood I will be to concentrate on the comings and goings of the community surrounding it.  I will offer quick portraits to the patrons of Milkwood keeping a carbon copy for the Gallery. I have begun a continuous study of the faces around me. I also intend to draw and paint the workers of Milkwood ….as they come and go through the week.”

Painter and photographer Rachel McLaughlin will be documenting the everyday comings and goings of a fortnight at Milkwood Gallery for this Basement Project…Customers and visitors are invited to take part by having their portrait taken. Rachel will work on these in the basement and the resulting paintings and photos will be put on sale amongst Milkwood’s regular stock from Friday 13th at 6pm alongside the Cut Click exhibition in our main gallery.

If you’ve got 5 minutes to spare, drop by and offer up your portrait! Rachel will be producing as many portraits as possible before the exhibition opens.

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