YOUNG ARTISTS OF YORK: RACHEL POELS

Creativity has been either under quarantine or has been suffering from the consequences of it. Luckily, here at New Visuality HQ we have in our stable a wide selection of young artists who continue to help redefine what it is to create and work towards a career in the industries. 
Rachel Poels has as an artist been on our radar since assisting at our award winning Art Camp studio sessions, in which we harness the illustrative ideas of York’s young artists and then project as interactive GIFS via illuminations in windows of city centre locations during the evenings of the winter months the finished results, all glowing with digital intervention. 
Her art has always possessed amidst the rigorously observed proportions and sensitive shading a proclivity for unsettling visions, sudden shiftings of perspective, and moments of playful macabre and mischief. Rachel’s inventive intelligence stems from, I would venture, a willingness to invent and experiment as well as humour hewn from literature and carefully selected films.
Note to Parents everywhere: digital devices are indeed your friend, but too much of them will benumb the imagination of your young artist. Rachel has the courage of her convictions and, eschewing much of the apps that attempt to divert her attention, continues to pursue her artistic visions.
Greg McGee, August 2020
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Q: How do you see your creativity has changed in the last 12 months?
A: I have refined my personal style, adding more colour and texture while continuing to focus on portraits and character.
I have improved my skills while doing an art Alevel course, which has also developing my style, particularly through creating pieces with narratives.  I have also explored some mixed media, using watercolour to fill in dip pen line drawings.
Q: How accessible is culture in York?
A: I think that York, even beyond museums or galleries, is full of culture and history that is accessible, in places like the museum gardens.  The range of art at the art gallery is also enjoyable; it can appeal to different tastes. Temporary exhibitions with art created by York residents, and different groups with different perspectives, brings people closer to art in a communal, accessible way.
Q: Has the recent Lockdown affected your creativity?
A: During lockdown I have had more opportunity to work on art for longer at home, allowing me to work on bigger pieces, alongside working on portraits, for my A-level art course, about Norse mythology.  I have found art and creativity a good way to take a break between schoolwork sessions.
Q: Are you thinking of taking your creativity further in terms of future careers and professions?
A: In the future, I would like to pursue career in art or film.  Creativity is important to me, in whatever career path I follow. I think film is an interesting medium as it combines visual elements with writing, another of my interests. I am considering studying art or English language at university after taking an art foundation course.

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