The art world was focussed on other genres when Fiona Rae was studying painting at Goldsmiths in the 1980s. “Painting was [not considered] serious, interesting, avant-garde. I disagreed.” Rae emerged a revered YBA and is now a Royal Academician.
Wearing a gas mask to combat the fumes, Rae brushes, drips, splashes, splatters and flicks oil paint to create her large, colourful, expressive abstracts. Signs, symbols and even cartoon characters are provocatively added, a postmodern twist, incorporating kitsch into high culture. A panda, a scattering of eyes and proud stars can be found in Touch Your World, a beautiful, fantastical place in which the observer’s imagination is invited to roam.
Hedge, issue 34, April 2015, pp67-76