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1 October 2005

Rachel Gadsden has been exploring derelict Asylum Hospitals seeking to examine the traces of life within the neglect and decay still evident in the fabric of the buildings.

She sets about exploring the dereliction to develop a metaphorical voice comparing inside and outside. In the context of an asylum this phrase relates to confinement as well as something which is universally felt.

Rachel's mixed media paintings, drawings, projections and videos attempt to capture the building's struggle to survive and its inevitable physical demise, the decay being a tangible evocation of our own psychological ephemerallity.

Please click on this link to read the associated narrative written by Tim Hayton to accompany Rachel Gadsden's, 'Beyond the Ayslum'