Rachel Ross: Silver and Bone
Rachel Ross is an Edinburgh based artist. Her compositions encapsulate thoughts and memories suggested by the placement and intrinsic beauty of seemingly mundane objects.
Ross’ inspiration is found in the ordinary possessions from past generations. Letters, notebooks, ribbons, keys – these all represent unknown lives and stories of their own. Ross’ subjects have become worn through use and handling, whether a pair of shoes, a scratched spoon or a yellowed letter. Some might have been valued while others were barely noticed. All leaving traces of their past lives. Ross’ work is both an appreciation of the objects as they are - their form, colour and patina - and also what they might represent to artist and viewer. Ross quite often pairs these found objects with elements from the natural world. Feathers, eggs and butterflies are often found in her compositions; these beautiful but ephemeral components serving as a reminder of the transience of time. Draughtsmanship is central to Ross’ paintings. Working from life, the realism she strives for is important to the integrity of her work. Whether recreating the oxidised scratch in the bowl of a spoon, or the crease in a child’s dress folded and put away long ago, Ross’ appreciation of her subjects is evident in her portrayal of these carefully selected assemblages.
Rachel Ross graduated from Central St Martins School of Art, London in the 1980s and worked for twenty years as an illustrator. Since 2007 she has pursued a career in painting. Her work is held in collections internationally and she exhibit regularly throughout the UK and Europe and her work has been shown in several major open exhibitions including The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts (RGI). In 2010 she was winner of the Art Exposure Gallery Award at the RGI and in 2012 her work was selected for The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition at the Mall Galleries, London, and she was a runner up for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. She was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 2017.