Pixel rainbow series
oil on linen, Plexiglas frame, ca. 26,5 x 17,5 cm each
Rawlings is interested in analyzing the rhetoric of books on art written for young people, and the artistic fantasies of teenagers or the order of a typical classroom setting. The particular process of compressing art history or, even, its outright infantilization, executed for the purposes of elementary education or pop culture, has its reflection in the pithy forms of her works.
Rawlings describes her inspirations for the pixelated rainbow series of paintings: "I began to feel an interest in more spiritual imagery. The naive rainbow colors of childhood that one finds in classrooms and other institutions also correspond to the human chakra system and auric body around a person. The idea that we are spiritual bodies made of energy that is constantly shifting is something I think about in relationship to this body of work. I find myself interested in an obsessive compulsive kind of making, where I individually mix each unique color and shade of each out of hundreds of pixels."