Rachel Magdeburg is a visual artist and writer based in the West Midlands. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Wolverhampton in the School of Art, conducting practice-based research into contemporary painting and the concept of the Anthropocene. Rachel’s paintings respond to art history, popular and digital culture, and questions that pervade living in a consumerist capitalist society. Rachel combines theoretical research with an experimental, observational and improvisational approach to art making, enjoying materials, happenchance and accidents. Rachel has exhibited widely in the UK, undertaken residencies here and abroad, and taken part in public art commissions and collaborative projects.

Rachel hopes that the residency will present a wonderful chance to explore new work in and for a different space. “Meeting people from an unfamiliar community affords connection and exchange that is both daunting and exciting”.

We at Artcore are excited to have you on board and we hope this residency will act as a testing ground for the artists as diverse practitioners and unravel possibilities for future exchange and ways of being with each other.

Camouflage Literature

4 November 2022

  As part of my residency at Artcore, I have been reading around the theme of camouflage in the books above. Each publication provides a slightly different focus, ranging from general literature and history of camouflage across art, science and the military, to contemporary academic research across disciplines. I am not depicting camouflage patterns or […]

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Under the Walnut Tree

29 October 2022

Artcore’s Cabin sits underneath a magnificent walnut tree. The tree has been dropping its fruits loudly on the Cabin’s roof when I have been sitting inside, whilst contemplating ideas for my residency on the relationship and rupture between ‘nature’ and ‘culture’. This proved impossible to ignore.   Artcore Cabin, Derby city centre I started to […]

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The Great Divide: Cryptic Painting

1 October 2022

For the residency Partition Parables at Artcore, visual artist Rachel Magdeburg will be exploring the lingering rift in contemporary Western society between nature and culture, which is arguably responsible for the exploitation of the natural world, compounding exceptionalism that sets humans apart. This partition will act as the starting point for a new series of […]

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