Rachael Polson is a Visual Artist living in Timaru, New Zealand. She completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours (High Distinction) from Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide, South Australia in 2009. Rachael’s works are formally based sculptures and paintings with photography used as a tool for close observation. Particularly they explore colour, line and time. Subsequent works are developed though a process of ‘cross pollination’ between media. She is also interested in trapping time in a material. This can be seen, for example, through repeatedly wrapping thread or a gesture evident in paint. Materials include rope, thread, paint, string, perspex, play-doh, nylon thread, balsa, and lighting.
Notably she has exhibited at Seedling Artspace, South Australia, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, New Zealand and Adelaide Central Gallery, South Australia. She was awarded the Ashington Mentorship with NZ artist Judy Millar, by the Helpmann Academy of South Australia.
She is currently represented by 77artandliving Art Gallery in Fairlie, New Zealand and has a studio alongside a group of artists in the Art Deco Tekapo Building in central Timaru which she loves.
Rachael is also a Kindergarten Teacher with a degree in Education and Psychology. She has tutored Early Childhood Education at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Timaru. She is mother of Seamus and Amy. In her previous life she has worked as a Consultant Researcher for the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, as well as a Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Youth Affairs, and Ministry of Health in Wellington, New Zealand. Rachael is married to the very wonderful Peter D and is currently studying a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology.
“Amongst all the chaos that surrounds us, there are small fleeting moments worth noticing. A fleeting moment, although ephemeral can be profound and precious.” This is the motivation behind her work.