Rachel Maclean | Wot u :-) about?


Front cover of Rachel Maclean's book, featuring her artwork


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Rachel Maclean: Wot u :-) about?

29 October 2016 - 8 January 2017

Wot u :-) about? presents a major solo exhibition of entirely new work by acclaimed Scottish artist Rachel Maclean, who represented Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Curated by Bren O’Callaghan, Visual Art Programme Manager, HOME, and Sarah Perks, Artistic Director: Visual Art, HOME.

Maclean uses the fairytale genre to examine the murky boundary between childhood and adulthood. She explores ideas of  happiness and childhood as qualities that can be packaged and sold resulting in dark and unsettling adventures located in a netherland reminiscent of the supersaturated, candy-coloured palette of children’s television.

Centred on a linked body of new work, Wot u :-) about? includes a large format print series, We Want Data! (2016), developed during a residency at Artpace, San Antonio, plus a new film commission for HOME, It’s What’s Inside That Counts (2016). These will premiere alongside larger-than-life figurative sculptures directly relating to and overlapping with the props, costumes and aesthetic within the films.

The monograph includes contributions by Rachel Maclean, William Davies (author of The Happiness Industry: how the government and big business sold us well-being), Melissa Gronlund (writer and co-editor of Afterall Journal), and exhibition curators Bren O’Callaghan and Sarah Perks. 


Published by Hayward Publishing, Southbank Centre, London

2016, English

21 cm x 26 cm, 161 pages, soft cover

ISBN 978-0-99359-121-1