“To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.” Novalis
My work explores the paradoxical relationships between the living and the dead that lends itself towards story telling in a more textural medium and a dark romantic imagery. As I enter realms that may seem somber or melancholy, I try and reflect the lightness and beauty that can be found within it. There is something about the stages of life and decay in nature that unearths the most extraordinary stories. The Romantics & the Victorian era play with my aesthetic; the words of Lord Byron & John Keats inspire me to express my emotions, the worlds of dark fantasy & romantic fiction allow me to compose my very own world. Each facet comes together and runs through the veins of my work.
Using organic materials, writings, illustrations and film I create works that juxtapose something intangible such as a dream with something living like a rose, interlacing them together to create a visual narrative.
Artist & Writer Currently based in Paris, France
©2017 Rachelle Cunningham