Rachel Wells is Lecturer in the History of Art at Newcastle University. She was previously Tutor at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, and Henry Moore Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
Winner, Henry Moore Foundation Grant '... sustained attention is lent to the appearance, properties and rhetorical modes of sculpture, and to the open question of its particular relationship to contemporary reality.' Burlington Magazine 'This first work by Rachel Wells offers a contribution to thinking about recent developments in sculpture which is as unexpected as it is remarkable. This analysis undertakes a critique of postmodernist theories and their effect on the perception of sculptural practices, which, since the end of the 1980s, explore the concept of scale by means of enlargement, miniaturisation or the life-size. Through a selection of artists - from Claes Oldenberg to Do-Ho-Suh, via the Young British Artists, Ron Mueck, Mark Wallinger, Elizabeth Wright and Michael Landy - Rachel Wells outlines the genesis of a sculptural tendency which, because it is imbued with the preoccupations underlined by postmodern theory, has been considered as the expression of a denial of all certainty and of the stable value which would make possible the interpretation of the real... Sandra Delacourt, Critique d'art