Snape exhibition shows the power of paper

PUBLISHED: 12:15 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:15 14 July 2015

Rachel Ashton

Rachel Ashton


Artist Rachel Ashton will evoke the senses through her hand cut paper exhibits set for Snape Maltings

Rachel AshtonRachel Ashton

A ‘spectacular and moving’ exhibition which will evoke ‘curiosity and stir feelings’ is about to arrive at The Gallery at Snape Maltings.

Talented artist and illustrator Rachel Ashton will present her ‘Acts of Union’ exhibit at the gallery from Saturday, August 1 to Thursday, September 3.

Jane Hall, for Snape Maltings, said: “We are delighted to have Rachel’s work here as her wonderfully ethereal papercuts are spectacular and moving, so we are very happy that she agreed to exhibit with us over the summer holiday period, when the Maltings is so busy with visitors from all over the country and the Snape Proms is running so the whole site has a real buzz until well into the evenings.”

Rachel who lives in London and frequently visits Suffolk, studied illustration at Brighton Art School under the tutorship of Raymond Briggs.

Rachel Ashton.Rachel Ashton.

After this time, Rachel spent many years as a freelance illustrator and later she decided to concentrate on fine art.

Much of her work has been shown at various galleries in London and she has been represented by Jaggedart since 2009.

Rachel’s most recent work as part of the Paper Cut Series, continues with her take on her curiosity of thoughts and feelings that are kept hidden.

The pieces feature tiny paper shapes cut meticulously by hand with a scalpel which Rachel feels help ‘preserve a sense of craft and individuality’.

Shapes are then lit with a strong light from the right direction which in turn make the pieces seem all the ‘more dense, and dramatic’ from the hundreds of shadows which are cast.

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