Rachel Shearer

Rachel Shearer is an audio and visual artist based in Auckland. Her visual work has been marked by it's overlap with sound.

In 2015 Shearer's I am an open window was commissioned by CIRCUIT for the project Six Artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul. The work was described by curator Solomon Nagler as "...a stoic duration filmed in lush super 8mm textures. Tonal shifts are layered with text fragments gleaned from two of Paul’s poems provided to the artist."

Fakerie (2009) was described as a “digital seance of aural and visual sculptures”. Hold Still (2006) reworked a number of amateur films shot by women in the 1930s, which had subsequently been deposited in the collection of the New Zealand Film Archive. Combining shifting textures of audio transition with images of recreation, domesticity and landscape, Hold Still drew a 'psychic tracery' of memory and place.

As an artist Shearer has been exploring site-specific sound installation practice. Her most recent public commission, The Flooded Mirror (2011) is a permanent sound installation situated in the Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s newly developed waterfront. She sound designs and composes for film. Active as an experimental musician since the late 1980’s, Rachel has released material with labels Xpressway (NZ), Flying Nun (NZ), Ecstatic Peace (US), Corpus Hermeticum (NZ), Family Vineyard (US) among others.

CIRCUIT Resources

Essay by Solomon Nagler (2016)

CIRCUIT Projects
 
The Sound of SeeingWellington (2020)
Renewal, Aperture Asia & Pacific Film Festival, London, UK (2019); Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin (2019)
Six Artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul, various venues New Zealand; Europe (2016)

Selected Exhibitions

2021

Light enough to read, The Physics Room, Christchurch

2020
The Sound of Seeing, The Pyramid Club, Wellington 
 
2016
Earth Music (solo), ST Paul St, Auckland
Six Artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul, various venues including CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

2015
Six Artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul, various venues including Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, London Film Festival, BFI Southbank, London, UK, Collectif jeune Cinema, Paris, France

2012
Experiment with Technology and Space, The Audio Foundation, Auckland