RACHEL HALSTEAD

MA TEXTILES

ABOUT RACHEL

Moving Mountains

This textiles design practice investigates how the concept of the sublime remains fertile ground for the exploration and articulation of contemporary feminine aesthetics and feminist politics. Following Barbara Freeman, I explore the extent to which ‘another account of the sublime lies hidden and repressed’ by the masculinist, ‘metaphysical theories of sublimity’ that seemingly exclude and attempt to foreclose female experience as abject and insignificant (Freeman, 1995).

Taking a cue from Freeman’s contention ‘that the story of this other sublime has yet to be written’, my textiles draw inspiration from the abstract sublime paintings of Gillian Ayres and John Piper and the watercolour landscape sketches of Snowdonia by J M W Turner. My creative practice aims to reflect the rich potentiality of Welsh landscape art as a source for both textiles design and a creative investigation of the feminine sublime.