The intensely vivid black and white ground to this work - mottled, marbled, dripped and dragged oil and acrylic paint – seems to shift and move beneath the bold coloured spots dotted unevenlythroughout the painting. Rae described it as a painting without fixed certainties – ‘The title might suggest a TV hospital drama, a more general state of anxiety or something else altogether. The black and white marks seem to form and reform themselves like the T1000 terminator in Terminator 2. This gives a sense of unease; it’s as if the very fabric of the painting could also be its undoing.’
Untitled (emergency room)
Date of work
Original: Oil paint and acrylic paint on canvas 213.4 x 198.1 cm © Fiona Rae
Fiona Rae RA (born 1963) is a British artist born in Hong Kong, and one of the YBA (Young British Artists) who exhibited in Damien Hirst’s 1998 Freeze exhibition. She was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2002, and appointed Professor of Painting at the RA in 2011, making her the first woman to hold the position. She was a Tate Artist Trustee from 2005-2009. Her works are abstract, with titles that often reflect her interest in modern visual media.