Rachel Ara is a Conceptual and Data artist. She gained her BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London where she won the prestigious Burston award for painting. In 2016 she won the International Aesthetica art prize for her digital sculpture “This Much I’m Worth” . She currently lives and works in London.
Combining her manual skills with her background in programming and analytics, Rachel creates nonconformist artworks with a socio-political edge that often incorporates humour and irony.
Her most recent work is a large scale version of the award winning work, the self-evaluating artwork, that uses complex algorithms to calculate its own value. A spectacular four dimensional piece 4m x 2m, constructed from 72 pieces of neon, electronics, IP cameras, recycled server room equipment and circuit boards that communicate information back and forth to the Internet. This will be exhibited at the gallery for the first time as part of our forthcoming exhibition Controlled Realities – details of this exhibition coming soon. Other recent works include CAD drawings inspired by scenes of gender based violence, D.O.A.M III, that was a finalist for the 2016 Lumen Prize and International tour.
Alongside the prestigious Aesthetic Art Prize and Lumen prize Rachel was also elected as a Royal West Academy Academician, long-listed for the Arte Laguna Prize and was invited to become a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.