Known for her colourful and elaborate fantasy worlds, multimedia artist Rachel Maclean creates a topical outdoor commission in the woods of Jupiter Artland exploring the pressures facing young people due to the pandemic.
Enter an abandoned high street shop at the end of a woodland path and be confronted with the topsy-turvy world of cartoon princess, Mimi who will immerse you in a capitalist-nightmare fairytale for the 21st century about the plight of the young and consumerist desire.
The artwork has been created in tandem with Scottish teens and particularly explores the pressures facing young people due to the pandemic, such as reduced in-person contact, online culture, the and a desire to claim natural spaces as places to explore their identity. This vibrant and poignant work reflects our challenging present as we grapple with consumer culture and the demise of commercial spaces, also exploring the nature of the forest in fairytale storytelling, as a place of magic and darkness.
The outdoor commission will be accompanied by an exhibition of Rachel Maclean’s film works, featuring the artist herself often playing eccentric characters wrapped up in elaborate fantasy worlds inspired by children’s TV, internet pop videos and fairytales.