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Rachael Dickens trained at Goldsmiths College in the late 1980s in Fine Art Textiles. She has made art work on and off since then and is now painting, making ceramic and found object ensembles in her studio at home.


Her recent work has used photographic images extensively, embedding photographs into paintings and in some cases, as with the “Swimming lanes” series, applying oil paint directly on to the photographic paper. 
 
The ceramic work is in stoneware, which is hand modelled to create swimmers and divers which are delicately under-painted and finished in glossy slick jewel like glazes as an expression of the simple joy of outdoor swimming and the intense delight of cold water.  The pieces reminiscent of the fountains and architecture of 1930s lidos, including pools and diving boards are slab built. 

Rachael swims outdoors throughout the year,  ”Winter swimming has a particular effect on the mind and body inducing a meditative state, very calming to the spirit”. 


For the last six years, summer holidays have been spent visiting lidos all around the country in her camper van with photographer friend, drawing, sketching, making films, taking photographs and of course swimming.

Rachael swam through the year at Tooting Bec Lido from 2006 and then at Brockwell Park Lido, she now swims most days in the North Sea off the East Kent Coast.