Rebecca Ackroyd takes the structure of existing objects and memories, and reconstructs them in to something new. Often responding directly to the specific architecture of a gallery, Ackroyd’s work inhabits and weaves through rooms. Sculptures in wax, Jesmonite, carpet, metal and felt can take bodily shapes, or reference domestic or industrial elements, such as houses, shutters and vents. Dynamic drawings in pastel on paper act as windows out of these confines into an alternative dream-space. Her installations offer a very personal imaginary landscape, one that pulls the viewer along in a journey through shifting scales and moods, from the arrestingly bold to the subtle and intimate.
Rebecca Ackroyd (b. 1987, Cheltenham, UK) lives and works in London. She graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2015 after completing her BA in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art in 2010. Ackroyd has presented solo exhibitions at OUTPOST, Norwich (2017) and in London at Hunter/Whitfield (2015), Kinman Gallery (2014) and Marsden Woo Gallery (2013). Recent group exhibitions in 2015-7 include: These Rotten Words, Chapter, Cardiff (2017); Walled Gardens in an Insane Eden, Z2O Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome; Modest Villa Immense Versailles (co-curator), Kinman Gallery, London; At Home Salon: Double Acts, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot; Bloody Life, Herald St, London; All Over, Studio Leigh, London; Is it heavy or is it light?, Assembly Point, London; With institutions like these, Averard Hotel, London; Opals, Galerie Opdahl, Stavanger, Norway; Royal Academy Schools Degree Show, London; Works in Residence, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; and The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London. In 2013, her work was included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries (ICA, London and Spike Island, Bristol)