“Out of the Velvet Blackness” by Rachel Favell
Australian Pop Surreal artist and illustrator, Rachel Favelle's research into fairytales and classic children's literature became the focus for artworks during her illustration degree and to this day has become the inspiration for much of her work. Her richly colored and alternate worlds, inhabited by quirky eyed characters, imbue the works with narrative and a contemplative stillness. Early works in painting were inspired by playful memories of childhood, pop culture and unusual representations of beauty but as her work has developed it has become underpinned by explorations into relationships, both external and internal.
'My work focuses on the multifaceted nature of the central character. Engaging you with their direct gaze, these characters may be quiet but they reflect a strong connection to their surroundings and the creatures that inhabit their environment. More recently I have been exploring narratives that present conflicting choices for the protagonist. Each individual has the potential for light and shade, good and evil. It is this duality that I find intriguing.'