MA + BA Fine Art
Chelsea College of Arts
Rayvenn is a London-born, UK based sculptor, living and working in Central London. Her practice exposes / articulates the black body laid bare - in traction, unencumbered; motivated by issues inherent to the African diaspora - including invisibility vs. hyper- visibility, blackness - seeking an elevation of the black form, by fuelling a discussion of the irregular position of the black-artist, abstracted and marginalised in a male, pale, and stale, whitewashed art-world. Rayvenn also explores the playful theatricality of sculpture, examining the space between objects modelling the real and its ability to usurp the ‘original’ as self-sustaining fictions. Alongside sculptural curatorial considerations - more specifically its critical and vital relationship with space in its pursuit of presence - this has seen her work becoming embedded in the everyday, collective experience, presenting themselves as larger installations - in the creation of objects that are explicit in their political undertones and personal narrative commentary, whilst polarised in their more covert, playful and subtle methods of installation and display.