Why small is beautiful for Rachael

Rachael Caddy from Rawmarsh with some of her  miniature drawings on show in the Cupola Gallery Miniatures exhibition
Rachael Caddy from Rawmarsh with some of her miniature drawings on show in the Cupola Gallery Miniatures exhibition

YOUNG artist Rachael Caddy fitted the bill when the Cupola Gallery put out a challenge oto produce works of art no bigger than a £20 note for its latest exhibition, Miniatures,

“I tend to work on a small scale,” says the fine art graduate who has been working as a volunteer assistant at the gallery but has just set up her own artistic practice on the Enterprise Allowance scheme.

She draws and paints and undertakes portrait commissions while continuing her more conceptual work. That includes the work now on show in the Miniatures exhibition, a series inspired by spider’s webs.

“I think being small can often give things a lot more significance,” she explains. “It encourages people to look more closely. they can either just walk past or else it encourages them to come in and look at it. I think if people see things from afar they are less involved in the work.”

She says she has always found spider’s webs interesting in the way they have a symmetry to them and yet are also highly individual. “I like the idea that they are hidden away in crevisses and people pass them by without noticing they are sharing space with someone else,” she says.

So she set about hunting out webs in crevisses and nooks and recording them. “Spider’s webs are difficult to draw from life so I photograph them and that way I can zoom in and out and get a different perspective of things. In drawing them it adds something new because it always looks different from the image on the screen.”

Since leaving Huddersfield University Caddy has participated in a number of group exhibitions and curated a show at Bank Street Arts - coincidentally called Minutiae.

“Alongside personal work I also like to take on portrait commissions,” she says.

“I have a strong interest in the individual and identity, which is important to my conceptual work as well.”

Her portrait work will be featured in an exhibition in London next month. “Adrienne King, an actress from Friday the 13th, is coming over to stage an exhibition, The Return, at the Misty Moon gallery in Lewisham and saw some of my portraits on line and invited me to take part,” reports the artist who at present works from home in Rawmarsh but hopes to get her own studio before long.

Miniatures continues at Cupola Contemporary Art until April 22.

Ian Soutar