Over the Rainbow

drawing for women in love 2013 by Rachel Howard. Oil on paper, 495 x 762 mm. Courtesy Blain|Southern, London. © The artist.
drawing for women in love 2013 by Rachel Howard. Oil on paper, 495 x 762 mm. Courtesy Blain|Southern, London. © The artist.

Sue Hubbard with Rachel Howard
21st Oct – 30th Nov 2013

Over the Rainbow, based on poet Sue Hubbard’s collaboration with artist Rachel Howard, is a display fine art prints of a series of poems by Sue Hubbard. The poems form the central section of her new collection, The Forgetting and Remembering of Air (Salt, 2013), and are inspired by Rachel Howard’s Suicide Paintings.

Howard’s series – one work from which is displayed in the Poetry Café – explores suicide, what the artist regards as one of the last taboos. Hubbard’s poems engage with the series in an emotional and visual dialogue, illuminating the deaths of women as various as Diane Arbus, Judy Garland and Eva Braun. These disarmingly, direct and evocative poems explore, in a language that is both muscular and lyrical, the psychology of these very different women in extremis.

About the artists

Sue Hubbard is an award-winning poet, novelist and freelance art critic. Twice a Hawthornden Fellow, her poetry includes Everything Begins with the Skin (1994), Ghost Station (2004) and The Forgetting and Remembering of Air (2013). She has published a collection of short stories, Rothko’s Red (2008), the novels Depth of Field (2000) and Girl in White (2012), and a book on art, Adventures in Art (2010). She has written regularly for The Independent and New Statesman magazine.

Rachel Howard graduated from Goldsmiths College, London, in 1992. Using abstraction and figuration, drawing and painting, the artist explores themes of mortality, life and death, religion and sexuality. Her recent solo exhibitions include: Invitation to a Beheading, Marianne Boesky New York, Rachel Howard new paintings, Blain|Southern, London (both 2014), Folie à Deux, Blain|Southern, London, (2011) and Repetition is Truth, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, Italy (2011). Howard’s work is held in public and private collections including Ackland Art Museum, North Carolina; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; CCA Andratx, Spain; Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas; The David Roberts Art Foundation, The Murderme collection and the Hiscox collection (all UK).