Postcards From Pareidolia
1 - 22 June, 2013
Private View: Friday 31 May, 6-9.30pm
Rachel Busby, Floodlight (Saturday night at the Sports Club), 2013
Rachel Busby
Floodlight (Saturday night at the Sports Club), 2013
Acrylic on canvas
30.5 x 25.5 cm, 12 x 10 in
Pareidolia (pron.: parr-i-DOH-lee-a) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.
Postcards from Pareidolia is an installation of raw sensorial paintings presenting a ‘storyboard’ of the artist’s rural living. Selective memories, true stories and ancient histories bind together the passage of time.
Each piece worked to an exacting sense, whether it be touch, smell or sound. Seeing nothing, but sensing everything. Within the setting of an unforgiving yet beautiful landscape, the work looks towards its inhabitants and ponders over their curious ‘frontier mentality‘. Big spaces breeding secrets, cultivating strange habits and lawlessness - the art of getting away with the 'stuff' that you can’t do elsewhere.
Rachel Busby, Virgin, 2013
Rachel Busby
Virgin, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
41 x 51 cm, 16 x 20 in
Ufo spotting, moonshine, night skies, and space rock are just a few of the random and fleeting selections that build a bigger picture.
From the artist‘s notes:
Many of the paintings are interiors - looking out, looking in. Weather bound. Long, dark stormy winter months, the gloom, the heaviness weighing on the mind. Cheap interiors, fake wood formica, plastic tables, floral wall paper. Harsh fluorescent lighting. Beige. Cheap and nasty.
Miles from no-where, pitch black outside, looking from an entrance, the excited anticipation of the night ahead. Bright, twinkly lights, on and off, a sound check, a warm fuzzy glow of a fun-filled night. The mismatch of space rock in a disused chapel, the jarring flittering acrid lights in a stoned out room. Transparent and roughly addressed, a fuzzy memory of an impending urgency.
Rachel Busby, Window, 2013
Rachel Busby
Window, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
30.5 x 40.5 cm, 12 x 16 in
A mystery pondered, a curiosity. I never understood why many homes had a dead house plant in pride of place. On a sideboard, mantlepiece, coffee table, the poor thing becomes a surrogate ashtray, nicotine dead. A gooey pot, a couple of dead plant strands in blue - memories of a Virgin Mary porcelain. Hope from the ashes.
The street I grew up. Neat, concrete, grey. Even the sea as the streets’ background is grey. Concrete gardens, manicured shrubbery, never stood a chance. Except for my parents’ conifer. It’s making a break out.
Rachel Busby, Blue Stone Magic ( Marshes) 2013
Rachel Busby
Blue Stone Magic ( Marshes) 2013
Acrylic on canvas
25.5 x 40.5 cm, 10 x 16 in
The Preseli Hills -a location of stone age significance, an errie, barren place, steeped with mysticsm, hangs its heavy past in a deafened silence. I don’t like going there. But intrigued with its importance - a major trading route from the coast inland, a motorway for stone-age travellers. The unique blue stone, only found in this part of the world, yet dragged hundreds of miles to be part of the Stonehenge monuments. I paint a path through an obstacle course of marsh, shrubbery and rock.
These are my postcards.
Rachel Busby grew up in West Wales, and after an extended time living in London has now returned there. Rachel studied at Winchester School of Art and at the Akademie Der Bildenden Kunst in Vienna. She is the founding co-director of This will be her first solo exhibition since returning to live in Wales.
Rachel Busby, The Globe ( tools I ), 2013
Rachel Busby
The Globe ( tools I ), 2013
Acrylic on canvas
30.5 x 25.5 cm, 12 x 10 in
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