Rachelle Allen-Sherwood (Fabelist)



Title: St. Paul’s Cathedral (Horizontal) (created Nov 2011)
Ink on paper

H24 x L32.5 cm

Title – Orbital Suspension (created June 2011)
Ink, pencil, wash on Indian plant paper

H31 x L42 cm

title – Ancestral Poetry # 1 (Created 2012)
– Chinese Ink, watercolour, pen on paper

H60 x L42 cm

Title – Red Square Connect (Created Feb 2012)
Ink, spray paint on canvas

H30 x L30 cm




I have always been deeply interested in the subject of ‘space’. This fascination originates from a life spent predominantly in Japan, the land of my birth. To the Japanese, ‘space’ is not an abstract concept. It is a concrete reality.
Take the traditional ‘tea ceremony’ for example, the environment in which the ritual takes place is as crucial to the experience as the drinking of the tea itself. Strict rules are observed which specify, along with manners, the proper usage of the space as well as the tea objects. It is this integrated view of the subjective and objective, personal and universal, microcosm and macrocosm which has been core to my artistic production and one that I explore through my art practice.
My work is a mixture of formalism and spontaneity. Formalism in some of the forms and shapes I reference, and spontaneity in the intuitive process of producing the work. When the mark making process is intuitive, the image emerges from the canvas or paper and takes on a life of its own. The work evolves through a spontaneous, intuitive approach and develops organically. Each new mark informs the next one and the process is physical. Using Sumi and Chinese ink amongst other materials, I reference traditional Asian calligraphic processes but not the subject matter.
Drawing is also of great importance to me. It is the crux or lynchpin which holds everything together.

Rachelle Allen-Sherwood
February 2012

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Awards & Related
Selected for THE VENDING MACHINE: Seeds & Gains September 2011
An installation featuring international artists (held in Venice)
Produced by Art – E – Motion & elysium gallery

http://www.venicevendingmachine.com/

Shortlisted for ANTHOLOGY 2011 July/Aug 2011
Charlie Smith London

http://zavierellis.blogspot.com/2011/07/anthology-long-list-with-images.html

Media & PR
Jotta. com June 2011

http://www.jotta.com/jotta/published/home/article/v2-published/1641/jasper-joffe-on-the-2011-degree-shows/v2

Artist Groups & Societies
Fabelist Feb 2012
Member of London based arts collective, Fabelist.

http://www.thefabelist.com/projects/rachelle-allen-sherwood/

Group Exhibitions
Drawing Connections al Siena Art Institute 22-28 October 2011
Siena Art Institute
Via Tommaso Pendola 37
53100 Siena, Italy

http://www.sienaart.org/drawing-connections.html

THE VENDING MACHINE: Seeds & Gains 15-30 September 2011
An installation featuring international artists

http://www.venicevendingmachine.com/

Exhibition Locations: Serra del Giardini & Microclima,
Viale Garibaldi 1254, 30122 Venezia
Galleria Perela di Laura Ostan
Salizada der Greci, Castello 3459, 30122 Venezia

VII : One more than six’ 22-26 June 2011
Studio 1.1 London

http://www.studio1-1.co.uk/canterbury/index.html

Black & White Exhibition / Degree Show 9-17 June 2011,
Canterbury College / Greenwich University

John Millest Art Show 2010 7-17 December 2010
Canterbury College

http://www.cant-col.ac.uk/about-canterbury-college/events/john-millest-art-show/

Canterbury Festival Art Fair ’08 October 2008
University of Creative Arts, Art Space, Canterbury

Canterbury Festival Art Fair ’07 October 2007
Marlowe Arcade, Canterbury

New Beginnings 21-28 July 2007
Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

Summer Splash July 2006
Sidney Cooper Gallery
Canterbury Christchurch University

Misc Art Activities

April 2011 Art Hope & Unity – Art Auction For Japanese Disaster
London City & Guild Art School (Donated Artwork)
March 2011 Art Sale Charity for Japan Red Cross (Whitstable)
June 2010 Westgate Hall Trust Charity Drive
Roaming Portrait Artist

March 2010 Art Auction 4 Haiti 2010 (Organiser)

http://www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk/news/art-auction-4-haiti/

Please see “Experience”
Also 2011 Graduate BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree (First Class Honours)
University of Greenwich

Shortlisted for ANTHOLOGY 2011 July/Aug 2011
Charlie Smith London

http://zavierellis.blogspot.com/2011/07/anthology-long-list-with-images.html

Media & PR

Jotta. com June 2011

http://www.jotta.com/jotta/published/home/article/v2-published/1641/jasper-joffe-on-the-2011-degree-shows/v2

March 2010 Art Auction 4 Haiti 2010 (*Organiser of Charity Auciton)

http://www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk/news/art-auction-4-haiti/

• Note: in the above charity auction that I organised, a total of £3000 was raised for the victims of the Haitian earthquake victims. 100% of the money went to their aid. I made sure of that.