Rachael Haynes is a contemporary artist and academic who lives and works in Australia. Her art practice explores the limits of language and subjectivity, and re-examines art history and philosophy in relation to gender politics. In her cross-disciplinary feminist practice, Haynes performs a playful mixing of language codes and pictorial systems – drawn from abstraction, conceptual art, pop music, art criticism and philosophical traditions – and enacts a gendered ‘redrawing’ and (re) performing of these texts.
Rachael has exhibited her work in Australia and internationally, most recently with solo exhibitions – QuickDraw Seventh Gallery (Melbourne), Unthinkable Blindside (Melbourne), Like A Burden Metro Arts (Brisbane) and Stand and Deliver Firstdraft (Sydney), and in group exhibitions – Quaternary QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), SEXES Performance Space (Sydney), The feeling will pass FirstDraft (Sydney) and Going South Screen Space (Melbourne). She has been awarded the Melville Haysom Memorial Scholarship (Queensland Art Gallery) and the Eddie Hopkins Memorial Drawing Prize (Queensland College of Art).
As a member of the feminist art collective LEVEL, Rachael undertook a Residency at The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle, presented Food For Thought, a key project in the 2012 Next Wave Festival, and the participatory project We need to talk at GOMA, Brisbane and MCA, Sydney.
Rachael completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Arts with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award for research at the Queensland University of Technology, where she is now a Lecturer in Visual Arts. Rachael is also the Director of Boxcopy, an artist run contemporary art space.