Rachel Goodyear’s Muzzles, Murmurs, and Macabre Fancies
34 works, framed, dimensions variable
Telling Tales, Freud Museum, London, 2016
Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba, Brazil, 2013
Known for her dark humor, broadly monochromatic palettes, and fantastical motifs— which include blood, animals, masks, and carcasses—Rachel Goodyear describes her drawings as an exploration of “desire, fear, greed, envy, and deceit.” Of her practice she observes, “[My drawings of animals] are more human than most, while the people that I draw are starting to become more feral as their social boundaries begin to drop away.” Though Goodyear usually works in small formats, she has recently begun to work on a larger scale, and also produces porcelain sculptures. She counts the filmmaker David Lynch among her major influences.
British, b. 1978