Lucie Rachel’s practice is somewhat confessional, working with still and moving image to narrate and navigate recurring themes of domestic relationships, gender and the unspoken. Lucie graduated from Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design as one of the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries in 2015, recognised for her documentary work observing the complexities of her mother and trans parent’s unusually well documented relationship. Her short film Mother Father (2015) screened at multiple film festivals across the UK before being featured on Girls In Film‘s website, while her accompanying book is part of the Dundee Artists Book Collection in the VRC at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Shortly after graduating, Lucie directed an award winning short documentary titled ‘Where We Are Now’ (2016) for the Scottish Documentary Institute, which went on to screen at multiple UK and international festivals before being selected by the British Film Institute and the British Council to be part of the FiveFilms4Freedom campaign, screening in the biggest global online LGBT film festival. Following this Lucie has worked with Glasgow Film and See Me Scotland on a mental health documentary, Arts Council England and Rural Media on a 3 minute artist film, and is now beginning a photography project with Fòcas Scotland for the UK – India year of culture. Lucie is currently a resident on the DJCAD Graduate Residency Programme 2017-18, whilst also on the committee of Tin Roof Arts Collective, Dundee Ceramics Workshop and Cupar Arts Festival.
Driven by an interest in the representation of family and the domestic in contemporary culture, my practice manipulates different modes of documentation to explore notions of unconventionality, woven into overarching themes of intimacy, gender and sexuality. Etched in my foundations lies a fascination with the trace: whether film, photography, archiving or mark making, the subject informs the format. The aftermath is equally important as the initial affective moment – from overlooked gestures to life-altering events, and everything in between.