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Rachel Favelle

A Woven History | Original

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Artist Statement:

Australia’s history is littered with stories of environmental recklessness. During the nineteenth century animals were brought to Australia as pets, sporting opportunities, failed biological controllers or illegal imports. Consequentially the very fabric of this country was changed and native wildlife was forced to adapt or perish. The lace, while beautiful, is a man- made item, originally a sign of wealth and prestige. The sugar glider is trapped within this design, highlighting the predicament of native Australia. 

Year: 2022

Dimensions: 350mm (w) x 350mm (h)

Medium: Acrylic on Cradled Wood, Custom Framed with Hand Painted Pin Stripe

Quirky Fox: Art + Framing

Rachel Favelle is an Australian Pop Surreal artist and illustrator, living and working from her coastal studio in the Gold Coast. Growing up in country Australia; surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, dusty roads and watering holes, Favelle spent most of her childhood exploring and making meaning of her environment. She quickly became fascinated by the potential for Art to express those intangible experiences and narratives that unfolded in her mind as a child.

“While many of my previous bodies of work focussed on fairy tales and mythology, it is always the narratives and wonder of my own childhood that keep calling me back. I grew up in a small country town near the Warrumbungle National Park. Sitting around campfires, riding down dirt roads and climbing trees to pick mulberries in my back yard opened my eyes to the beauty in nature. It was an invitation to create my own imaginary worlds in these solitary places and drawing was a perfect way to express this.”

Favelle’s creatures reflect a strong connection to their environment and the history of a land that has been forever changed by colonisation. Delicate fabrics such as lace, juxtaposed against Australian flora and fauna, have become a metaphor for the fragility of the Australian environment. Favelle’s English heritage brings with it a responsibility to not only understand the delicate tapestry of this land but reveal the human impact brought about by the choices of her ancestors.