Rachel Perry’s multi-disciplinary work in photography, painting, drawing and installation is mostly concerned with industrial buildings and overlooked places. Rachel looks for traces present and in history for the often obscured narrative of a place. The images are interpreted either in a democratic grid format to consider similarities and differences in a series of places such as the images captured of water towers across three counties so far or as a solitary format.
Sometimes these hidden or overlooked places reveal more about us than the extraordinary tourist attractions, which are so prevalent in a city like York. There is also an acknowledged simple pleasure of roaming and exploring our surroundings and it is hoped that something of this is also communicated.
Rachel was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, then lived her early years in Burundi, Africa. On returning to England she lived with her family in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Rachel resettled in Yorkshire originally to study Law at the University of Leeds then worked as a solicitor in Hull for 12 years before relocating to York.
As a law student Rachel enjoyed land law, a subject which followed her through her career as a solicitor. After qualifying as a solicitor, Rachel specialised in housing law working for legal advice charities in Hull (landlord and tenant disputes, homelessness and mortgage repossessions) then for a short while for a private practice (wills and probate law).
This interest in land law has fostered a particular interest in landscape and considering how this is abstracted from the land and how land is often altered, sectioned off and imprinted with physical change and how the different abstract principles of legal title relate to this process.