About

Rhed studied Fine Art at Middlesex University and then spent a year at the art school Cooper Union, New York. Rhed taught at the art school Kiad in Maidstone and for many years taught as a senior Lecturer on the Graphics BA course at Middlesex University. Most of Rhed’s time is now spent at her studio space in North London. She is also a member at both East London Printmakers in Hackney and Edinburgh Printmakers.

Rhed uses collage, drawing and finally printmaking to explore the deconstruction and reconstruction of images. This process allows her to conceptually play with a theme or thought. By deconstructing the reality of image she can then begin to tell her own story by creating a new poetical narrative. Her works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, and meanings shift. These multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned.

The pictures create their own stories, as Rhed works on them they take bon a life of their own, forming narratives that are completed in the viewer’s imagination. What the viewer reads into each image is as important as what was in her own head as she constructs them; they can be interpreted in different ways depending on who is looking at them. So what seems difficult to one person can appear beautiful to another, what is innocent in the eyes of one viewer can appear provocative or dark to another. There are personal stories behind some of the pictures but each should then become personal to the viewer, the original narrative does not need to be specifically understood.

Background

Foundation: Chelsea School of Art 1996
BA Hons (Fine Art 1997) Middlesex University/Cooper Union NY.
Edition Design: Channel 4 web site designer
Lecturer at Maidstone Art and Design: 2000 - 2003
Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University: 2003 -Present

Exhibitions

Happy Birthday Edward Lear: Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden,London, 2012
Euro Arts Open studios London, 2012
Penny Fielding Gallery and Interiors, Walthamstow, London, 2012
Concourse Gallery Southampton, 2012
The Original Gallery London, 2012
Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2012
Humbug, Archane Gallery, London, 2012
A Leap of Faith: Espacio Gallery, Shoredith, London, 2013
Expose: Espacio Gallery, Shoredith, London, 2013
Euro Arts Open studios London, 2013
Going Underground: East London Printmakers, Shoredith, London, 2013
Pullman, Kings Cross, London, 2013
In Transition, Espacio Gallery, Shoredith, London, 2014
Colorida Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugul 2014
Edge of Ordinary, Espacio Gallery, Shoredith, London, 2014
Priory Park, Crouch End, London, 2014
East London Printmakers, Tea Gallery, London, 2014
Battersea Affordable Art Fair Columbia Road Gallery, 2014
Columbia Road Gallery 7 Ezra Street, London, 2015
Euro Arts Open studios, London, June 2015
East London Printmakers, Tea Gallery, London, 2015