Rhed Fawell

Website: http://www.rhed.co.uk

Email: rhed@rhed.co.uk

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Strategically Placed, Collage,

Dear Rosa, Collage

See-Saw, Collage, 44.5×51.5cm

The High, Collage

Porcelain Blue, Collage, 57 x 50 cm

The Alterations, Collage, 45×54.8cm


My collages explore the deconstruction and reconstruction of images. The process allows me to play conceptually with a theme or thought. By deconstructing the original reality of an image, I can begin to let it tell a different story. Once I find my visual starting point, I will start a process of deconstruction/reconstruction, combining the use of ripping, cutting, layering, juxtaposition and, at times, the laborious task of stitching.
The use of stitching and thread has, over the past few years, started to play a more dominant role in my collage process and final outcomes. When in the past I may have used blocks of coloured paper, these have been replaced with thread and stitched elements. For me, it creates a quality of depth which is symbolically charged not only in the end result but in the act of making.
My work draws deeply on my own experiences and society in general, both past and present. It seeks to explore the sense of unknowing in a constantly shifting world. Multi-layered images arise which dwell on fragility, nature and the machine, and the instabilities exposed when old certainties are questioned. I am interested in exploring the hidden and murky sides of life, yet attempting to maintain a poetic quality. Every element that is placed has a symbolic purpose in relation to the whole. At times my work may appear dark, but I always strive to include a sense of hope.


Rhed Fawell is a collagist and Printmaker from London, who now lives in Edinburgh.
Rhed studied Fine Art at Middlesex University in London and then spent a year at Cooper Union School of Art, New York. She has also taught at the Kent Institute of Art and Design and then, for many years, was a Senior Lecturer on the Graphics BA course at Middlesex University.

Rhed has exhibited her work extensively in both group and solo shows and has shown in various London galleries, elsewhere in the UK and, internationally, in Lisbon.

Rhed founded and actively runs Edinburgh Collage Collective, which was set up in 2016. ECC is a not-for-profit Art Collective/Community. The aim of the collective is to create a network of collage artists, both locally and globally, to support each other and share ideas, based around the medium of collage.

Rhed’s collage work was recently featured on the front cover of Kolaj Magazine #23 August 2018. Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed magazine about contemporary collage.
Rhed work has also been published in Rapsodia-Arts and Literature Magazine, and has her collage work published in Making the Cut: Volume 1 (Crooks Creative, 2016). Making the Cut is an inspirational survey of today’s leading practicing collage and mixed media artists.

Rhed divides her time working in my studio developing my own creative practice alongside the ongoing development and growth of Edinburgh Collage Collective.