Rachel Maclean (b. 1987, Edinburgh, Scotland) creates video and installations that operate deep in rendered space and at the vanguard of modern life. In an unmistakeable saccharine palette, Maclean's characters and settings refract and anticipate contemporary culture, whipping from the cutting to the cute, reflecting both the latent neurosis and bracing potential of life as a digital native. There’s a thick, gluey morality beneath the sheen of her surfaces, with questions from nationalism to data mining, social media, self-worth, class and consumerism. If Hogarth were a gamer he might hope to build his messy world, and entrap his viewers, the way Maclean does hers.
Maclean has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at venues including the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland; National Gallery and Tate Britain, London; and KWM Arts Centre, Beijing, among many others. She represented Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale.