Candy-coated and colourfully confected, Rachel Maclean’s work comments on the habits and preoccupations of contemporary society. With the artist always centre stage (albeit in multiple costumes and disguises and surrounded by garish green-screen backdrops), Maclean’s aesthetic is supersaturated, its shiny saccharine surface belying its bittersweet bathos and caustic, satirical bite.
Produced by Film and Video Umbrella, her film Feed Me is a parable of the pleasures and perils of indulgence, with swipes at the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood and a growing infantilisation in adult behaviour. As we continue to feed the monster of contemporary consumerist desire, Maclean’s film is an indelible reminder of all the little monsters that are born in its wake.
Text provided by Steven Bode of FVU. Rachel Maclean's Feed Me was commissioned by FVU and Hayward Touring. Supported by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.
- Artwork Details: running time: 1 hr
- Edition: 6 of 6
- Material description: HD video, colour and sound
- Credit line: © the artist. Commissioned by FVU and Hayward Touring. Supported by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.
- Medium: Film and Audio Visual
- Accession number: ACC27/2015