Rachel Maclean

Rachel Maclean (b. 1987, Edinburgh, Scotland) creates video and installations that operate deep in rendered space and at the vanguard of modern life. In an unmistakeable saccharine palette, Maclean's characters and settings refract and anticipate contemporary culture, whipping from the cutting to the cute, reflecting both the latent neurosis and bracing potential of life as a digital native.

Rachel Maclean lives and works in Glasgow.


BA Honours Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, UK

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA

Solo Exhibitions


i’m 2 happy!, Solo exhibition at Galerie Kandlhofer, Vienna

upside mimi ᴉɯᴉɯ uʍop, permanent outdoor commission and solo exhibition at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland


Rachel Maclean, Solo exhibition at Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany


Spite Your Face, Solo exhibition at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

Native Animals, Solo exhibition at Arsenal Contemporary NYC, USA

Tales of Disunion, Solo exhibition at Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany

Make Me Up, Solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland


Please, Sir…, Solo exhibition at Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, New Zealand

The Lion and The Unicorn, The National Gallery, London, England

Rachel Maclean: Solo Exhibition, KWM Arts Centre, Beijing, China

Spite Your Face, Rachel Maclean, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

Rachel Maclean: Solo Exhibition, Zabludowicz Collection, London, England

Just B Yourself, Rachel Maclean, Dublin City Art Gallery, Dublin

New Worlds, State of Concept, Athens, Greece

Rachel Maclean: Solo Exhibition. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Rachel Maclean: Solo Exhibition. Château de Servières, Marseilles, France

Rachel Maclean: Solo Exhibition, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland


Spite Your Face, Scotland + Venice, Representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale

Wot u :-) about? Art Now, Tate Britain, London, England


Wot u :-) about? HOME, Manchester, England

We Want Data! Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, USA


Ok, You’ve Had Your Fun! Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The cold never bothered me anyway! 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

Let it go! Inverness Art Gallery, Scotland


Please, Sir…, Rowing, London, England

The Weepers, Comar, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Happy and Glorious, Solo exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary in Scotland

Rachel Maclean; Invites, Solo exhibition, Zabludowicz Collection, London, England

I HEART SCOTLAND, Solo exhibition, The Travelling Gallery, Various locations around Scotland


Quick Child, Run!, Solo exhibition, Trade Gallery, Nottingham, England

I HEART SCOTLAND, Solo exhibition, The Edinburgh Printmakers as part of The Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland

Over The Rainbow, Solo exhibition, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland


Lolcats, Solo exhibition, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland

The Lion and The Unicorn, Solo exhibition, Current Projects, Brisbane, Australia

Group Exhibitions


It’s What’s Inside That Counts, HOOKED V2, Science Gallery, Atlanta, USA

Feed Me, National Gallery of Prague, Czech Republic


Make Me Up & It’s What’s Inside That Counts, Fiction? Better than Reality!, Villa Merkel,

Esslingen, Germany

Native Animals, Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules, Somerset House, London

The Lion and The Unicorn, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser Exhibition,

V&A Museum, London

Feed Me, Candy Coated, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Madam in Eden I’m Adam' and 'madA m’I nedE ni madaM', Time Takes a Cigarette,

Josh Lilley Gallery, London

Over The Rainbow, No Place Like Home, MOMA Foma, Hobart, Tasmania


Dr Cute, #cute. Islands of Happiness at NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany

It’s What’s Inside That Counts, BAB 2020, Bangkok Art Biennale, Bangkok


Feed Me, You., from the Lafayette Anticipations Collection. At Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, France

Mending a Face, Cursed Images, curated by Ed Fornieles at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria

Germs and Mending a Face, Fuse-Video Art Exhibition, Double Square Gallery 双方藝廊,Taipei, Taiwan

I’m Terribly Sorry, XR Festival with the British Council, Madrid

I’m Terribly Sorry, ISO Design, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Glasgow

It's What's Inside That Counts & We Want Data!, We are the people. Who are you?, Edel Assanti, London


Eyes 2 Me, Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece

We Want Data!, The Public Body.03, Artpace, Sydney Australia

Feed Me, Hooked, The Science Gallery, Kings College, London, England

I HEART SCOTLAND (prints), Travelling Gallery at 40: Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

It's What's Inside That Counts, I Was Raised on the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA

It's What's Inside That Counts, Hello World - For The Post-Human Age, Mito Art Tower,

Tokyo, Japan

Feed Me, Diesel Worm, Roskilde Music Festival, Denmark

Feed Me, In My Shoes,: Art & The Self Since The 1990s. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition


The Lion and The Unicorn, The Art of Dissonance, The Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea


British Film and Video, Studio 55, Seoul, South Korea

ARS17, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Finland

A Goth Life: Daata Editions, Art Cologne, Germany

It's What's Inside That Counts, A Non-Existent Place, JUT Art Museum, Taiwan

It’s What’s Inside That Counts, WE ARE THE REMIX, Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden

Feed Me, I Want! I Want! Art and Technology, Arts Council Collection, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

The Lion and The Unicorn, Video Encounters: inside the story, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

It’s What’s Inside That Counts, TECHSTYLE Series 1.0: Ariadne’s Thread, MILL 6, Hong Kong, China


Please Sir…, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India

Frieze Film Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London, England

Again and Again and Again, The Miracle Marathon Weekend, Serpentine Galleries, London, England


Feed Me, British Art Show 8, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, England

Feed Me, British Art Show 8, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, England

Feed Me, British Art Show 8, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland


Feed Me, British Art Show 8, Leeds Art Gallery, England


The Uncanny Valley, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, England

Just Frustration, SixtyEight, Copenhagen, Denmark

Daata Editions, Online exhibition


Heathers, curated by Alex Ross, Rowing, London, England

Loop Video Art Fair, presented by Rowing, Barcelona, Spain

Anatomy of Anxieties, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Over (Drive+Flow), Galerie Olivier Robert, Paris, France

A Post-Gender World, Wysing Art Centre, Bourne, England

My Fiction Is Real, University of Essex, Colchester, England

Tonight, you can call me Trish, Lab Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Utopian Kind of Girl, The Nursery, London, England

Focus on Film, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh, Scotland


As real as walking down the street and going to the grocery store, Rowing, London

Airy-Fairy, Lairy and Scary, The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, in association Summerhall, Philadelphia, USA

Costume: Written Clothing, Group show at Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland

Neither Spit nor Diamonds, Flatpack Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

New Ideas for the City, St Petersburg Museum of Urban Sculpture, Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Dark Room, Passmore Edwards School of Science and Art Helston, Cornwall


Polygon, Kunstarkaden, Munich, Germany

Microstoria, The Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Sisyphus Happy, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, England


UK Young Artists, The Ark Shop, Derby, England

The International Bongo Bongo Brigade, Meetfactory International Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czechia

They Had Four Years, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland

Hatchings, Patriothall Gallery in association with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland



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upside mimi ᴉɯᴉɯ uʍop (animation still 2021) by Rachel Maclean, undefined
upside mimi ᴉɯᴉɯ uʍop (animation still 2021) by Rachel Maclean, undefined
upside mimi ᴉɯᴉɯ uʍop (animation still 2021) by Rachel Maclean, undefined
Box Mi (Front) by Rachel Maclean, 2021
Box Mi (Back) by Rachel Maclean, 2021
Box Mi (Side view) by Rachel Maclean, 2021
Madam in Eden I’m Adam  by Rachel Maclean, 2020
madA m'I nedE ni madaM by Rachel Maclean, 2020
Mimi at Jupiter Artland (Installation) by Rachel Maclean, undefined
The Lion and The Unicorn, 2012 by Rachel Maclean, undefined
Spite Your Face - Venice Biennale 2017 by Rachel Maclean, undefined
Spite Your Face, 2017 by Rachel Maclean, undefined
Spite Your Face, 2017 by Rachel Maclean, undefined
Feed Me, 2015 by Rachel Maclean, undefined
Feed Me, 2015 by Rachel Maclean, undefined
Germs, 2013 by Rachel Maclean, undefined
I'm Terribly Sorry, 2018 by Rachel Maclean, undefined
Happy Man, from We Want Data, 2016 by Rachel Maclean, undefined