The narrative of Rachel Maclean

Inspired by the saturated colours and the surrealistic imagery of children’s television shows, Over The Rainbow (2013) stages a worrying world inhabited by scary characters, candy-colour clones and weird performers. Shot entirely using green-screen the film features a computer generated environment, which explores a dark, comedic parody of the fairy tale, inspired by Pop visuals, The Wizard of Oz,  the 1980s, video game and horror movie references.

“My work slips inside and outside of history and into imagined futures, creating hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions that are both nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque.”– Rachel Maclean.

Rachel Maclean was born 1987 in Edinburgh and lives and works in Glasgow. She will be the subject of a solo show of new work at HOME, Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film, 29 Oct 2016 – 8 Jan 2017. Her solo exhibitions include: Zabludowicz Collection, London (2014); Edinburgh Printmakers (2013); and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2013). In 2013, Maclean received the Margaret Tait Award for her contribution to Glasgow Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award.

Image: Rachel Maclean, Over the Rainbow (digital video still), 2013. Commissioned by The Banff Centre and Collective Gallery. Funded by Creative Scotland. Courtesy the artist. Copyright Rachel Maclean, 2013