Rachel Frances Sharpe’s research is concerned with queer identity, desire and nostalgia. Her studio practice explores these ideas through film, sculpture and constructed set-like spaces for viewers to investigate and inhabit. These sculptural installations provide an invitation to find traces and embedded references of popular culture, whilst suggesting a history or narrative that may have passed. Key to artist’s practice is the desire to ‘set the scene’ for a multiplicity of different experiences and interpretations. Recent work explores notions of artifice, camp and horror through examples of Art Nouveau design.
Rachel Frances Sharpe is a visual artist and researcher based in Glasgow. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art MFA programme in 2017. Recent exhibitions include 'How Strange When an Illusion Dies' (Leith Theatre, 2018), 'POKEY HAT' (New Glasgow Society, Glasgow International 2016) and 'Who Owns the Cone?' (Likky Ruth Project Space, 2016). Moving image work has been screened at Deep Trash Romance (Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 2018) and the Fluid Physicalities Conference at Birkbeck University in 2017. In March 2019 she launched a new curatorial moving image project titled 'Point' at Rost, Glasgow, exploring the queer potentiality of the horror film genre within a club context.