Daniel Rapley

GG – Could you tell us a little about yourself? How did your work in art begin?

I’ve been an artist for over 20 years and always knew making art would be a large part of my life. I graduated with a 1st class Fine Art degree in 2001 and then received a distinction for my Fine Art Maters Degree from Chelsea College of Art, UK in 2011. Making work is a fundamental part of how I process my experience of the world and learn about myself.


GG – How would you define your work in few words?

My work is an exploration of the materiality of the photographic medium. I’m fascinated by photography’s physical matter and the historical trace of human interaction left embedded within its surface.


GG – What’s your typical day ?

I work part-time as a lecturer in Lincoln, UK, where I run an Art & Design Foundation Course. When I’m not there I’m either in my artist studio in Nottingham, or working at home in my colour darkroom.


GG – Who are some of your favourite artists, musicians, writers, film directors? Are there any specific reference you keep constantly in mind?


Music, literature and cinema all have a large part in my life and in shaping my creative practice. I’m drawn to the unusual and unsettling. I love the strangeness of David Lynch’s surreal cinema and the slow beauty of Tarkovsy’s. Paul Auster’s classic New York Trilogy and Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics are good examples of the literature I reach for. I listen to a lot of experimental electronic music and contemporary composers when I’m working, Nils Frahm regularly spins. These things all swill around inside my head and filter into my work, one way or another.




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