b. 1973, UK; lives and works in London
Rachel Kneebone’s intricate works address and question the human condition: renewal, transformation, life cycles, and the experience of inhabiting the body. Her sculptures oscillate and blur the boundaries between the conscious and the subconscious, the real and the imagined, everything and nothing. Working in porcelain, the material properties of her work heighten and convey an awareness of opposing states, appearing to be not only heavy, solid, and strong, but also light, fragmentary, and soft. This fluid movement between states is reflective of the wide range of art historical and literary sources that inform the artist’s practice.
Select exhibitions include Regarding Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2012); Ceramix at Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2015); 1st Kiev Biennale Arsenale, Ukraine (2012); and The Beauty of Distance, 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). In 2005, Kneebone was nominated for the MaxMara Art Prize.