Rebecca Ackroyd’s artistic practice combines sculpture and installations with drawing. Playing between abstraction and figuration, her work often takes shape in larger than life sculptures, pushing and reimagining the human body in a way that confronts the viewer with its stark rawness.
The metaphoric association between body and building is a recurring motif in her practice: pipes become limbs, vents become orifices, and frames become rib cages. Through shifting scales and moods — from the arrestingly bold and absurd to the subtle and intimate — her work pursues a feminist exploration of the psychology of space and the ownership of bodies.
Rebecca Ackroyd (b. 1987) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2015 after completing her BA in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London, in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions were held at: Peres Projects, Berlin (2018); Zabludowicz Collection, London (2017); Hunter/Wakefield, London (2015); Kinman Gallery (2014). In 2013, her work was selected as one of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries.
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? Agnes Martin.
Which work of art you wished you owned? “Summer Days” (1936) by Georgia O’Keeffe.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? My coffee maker.
Describe your studio in three words: Full, filthy, chaotic.
Do you collect anything? No.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? It varies wildly depending on my mood, could be anything from Black Sabbath to Robyn.