Rebecca Bradley is originally from London and now lives and works in Cork. She holds an MA in Fine Art from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design.
Bradley’s practice explores how our sense of place is not certain but contingent upon what we believe and what we choose to remember. She explores the margins of urban and rural landscapes such as suburbs, coastlines and agricultural land, and considers their potential to evoke and obscure the transience of natural and human narratives. For Bradley the process of making is analogous to the shifting experiences of perception and recollection. Densely layered and textured paintings expose the tactile process of adding and removing materials; surfaces are rendered pitted, fragmented, incised, suggesting the cumulative and eroding effects of time and exposure.
Her recent paintings include ‘Illegible Frontiers’. She works thin veils of oil paint on birch ply panels. The scenes generated are idealised landscapes recollected from moments gazing through train windows on anonymous journeys. The contradiction between the movement of the train moving and passing by still and silent views allows for a particular kind of observation and contemplation. The passenger’s spatial and psychological separation from these views, as they slip by, unleashes a sense of introspection, a state of looking and being that she expresses in pared down washes of glossy paint with shifting horizontals.
Solo exhibitions include: The More You See the Less You Hold. Stern View Gallery, Cork,(2017); Vestiges of Place, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, (2016); Provisional View, Sternview Gallery, Cork, (2015); Situate, Parade, Margate, UK, (2013); Postcards, Enniskillen Visual Arts Festival, Co. Fermanagh, (2010); Soft Days, Doswell Gallery, Rosscarberry, Co. Cork, (2009). Group exhibitions include: We each have our own Landscape, The Arthouse, London, (2019); Design Pop, Thompson House, Cork (2019); Small works,
Lavit Gallery, Cork, (2018), Municipal Art Gallery of Piraeus, Athens (2018), Misc Arts, Timisoara, Romania (2018); Thresholds, Gonzo Unit, Thessaloniki, (2018); Nostalgia, Art number 23, The Old Biscuit Factory, London, (2018), Meanwhile, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, (2017), Art Works, Visual, Carlow Arts Festival, (2016); Utopia Dystopia, Fringe Arts Festival, Bath, UK, (2016); There’s a Ghost in My House 2, Symposium and Exhibition, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, (2015); Sulumuc, Tactic Gallery, Sample-Studios, Cork, (2014); Land and Sea, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, (2011); Miami SCOPE Art Fair, (2010).