Working with a range of media that provokes all senses - visual, auditory and olfaction - Rachy juxtaposes the natural environment with man-made worlds - fusing multi-sensory experiences with synthetic and evolutionary biology to form bio-fictional landscapes. Investigating the artificial and natural systems that question the contemporaneous and intimate relationships between nature, the body and technology and their co-existence within environmental disturbance. She confronts the confusion in the concept of identity and forces us to question where one organism stops and another begins.
Utilising bio-politics of the senses, Rachy challenges traditional approaches to the human sensorium, emphasising olfaction as well as microbial and embodied intelligence. Through her research and technological and sensual artistic exploration, Rachy is opening new discourse in the realms of cognition, artificial intelligence and machine learning, introducing concepts of the sensorial ecology of intelligence, the machine microbiome, machine ecosystems, and biological machines. Maintaining a practice focused on co-subjectivity, Rachy’s projects include collaborations with engineers, synthetic and microbiologists, computer scientists, perfumers, bacteria, fungus and lichens.
Rachy McEwanModern Synthesis, 2021Oil on linen with projection of lichen under microscope100x 160 cm£ 6,000.00
Rachy McEwanMolecular and Ultra Structural Biological Scents, 2021Scented hand sanitiser 1-Octan-3-ol and Geosmin10mlSold
Rachy McEwanMolecular and Ultra Structural Biological Scents, 2021Scented hand sanitiser 1-Octan-3-ol and Geosmin10mlEdition of 12 of each scent£ 9.00
Rachy McEwanSympoiesis, 2021Wine cooler, birchwood tree, plaster, oil paint, mycelium, oil diffuser, evernyl165 x 60 x 60 cm£ 2,600.00
Rachy McEwanWhen We Have Never Been Human, What Is to Be Done?, 2021Zine21 x 14.8 cmEdition of 16£ 6.00
Rachy McEwan is an artist based in Box Hub studios in Glasgow. She studied her Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking, at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2020 with a First Class. Rachy is currently an active member of Glasgow School of Art’s Sustainability in Action Group (SIAG) and co-curator of art exhibitions at Box Hub Studios, Glasgow.
Rachy has exhibited work at various spaces in Glasgow including, The CCA, NCP George Street, The Glue Factory, The Pipe Factory and Box Hub Vennel.