Scottish artist Rachel Maclean talks to Daniel Herrmann, Curator of Special Projects, about her satirical engagement with issues of national identity and the construction of female beauty, and reflect on the dialogue between her own caustic and darkly comical films and the paintings of the 19th-century English artist, Landseer.
Rachel Maclean: The Lion and The Unicorn is the artist’s first display of work at the Gallery. It follows her exhibition 'Over the Rainbow' which recently ended its run at the National Gallery of Australia. Having exhibited extensively internationally, in 2017, Maclean was selected to represent Scotland+Venice at the Venice Biennale. Her work won the prestigious Margaret Tait Award in 2013 and has been shown at HOME (Manchester); Tate (London); MCA (Chicago); Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (Dublin); Artpace (San Antonio, USA); The Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh); the Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh), and as part of the touring British Art Show 8, 2015. She also has, until December 16, an exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection (London.)
As Curator of Special Projects at the National Gallery, Daniel Herrmann relates the historical collections to contemporary art and culture through exhibitions, displays, commissions, residencies, research and interpretation. In his previous role at the Whitechapel Gallery, his exhibitions included the Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Emma Hart (2017), Eduardo Paolozzi (2017); The London Open (2015); Hannah Höch (2014); Gillian Wearing (2012) and John Stezaker (2011). Daniel has curated Rachel Maclean: In Dialogue with the National Gallery, which runs from 29 November 2018 to 3 February 2019.
Image above: Rachel Maclean, 'The Queen', 2013. Commissioned and published by Edinburgh Printmakers © Rachel Maclean