Glasgow based artist Rachel Adams was in residence at The Lombard Method from March until June 2013, focusing on research that will inform the development of future work.
Adams’ sculptural works explore the relationship between science fiction, classical sculptural motifs and decorative craft techniques, questioning the historical and cultural value of materials.
Adams uses materials and processes that have a specific cultural and historical identity, such as tie-dye, macramé and crochet, in works that reflect the aesthetics of science fiction. Adams often mirrors methods employed to produce the ‘alien’ environments of 1970s television sets, which marked a growing distrust of the technological advancements of the preceding decade. The retrospective contexts of Adams' sculpture draw on an increasingly nostalgic engagement with new age themes such as self-improvement.
Taking its title from the 1930 science fiction musical comedy of the same name, 'Just Imagine...', curated by Adams, brings together a showreel of research explored during her residency.
Comprising film trailers, movie clips, promotional footage, artist films and archive footage, 'Just Imagine...' presents a snapshot of the artist's influences, including moving image treats from science fiction, craft workshops and feminist history from the '60s, '70s and beyond.
For this end of residency presentation Adams has produced new objects combining craft techniques including macramé with contemporary commercial techniques such as laser cutting and vinyl printing. The works all use motifs commonly seen in interior design from the 1960s and 70s, such as eye clocks and plant hangers. By combining these materials and motifs, Adams aims to create associations between interior styling and predictions of the future, creating an installation synthesised from an unfamiliar combination of past and present 'Earth' styles.