Fragments of Fame


Fragments of Fame

Rachel Dickison

Opening: October 20 5:30 pm

Viewing: October 20 until October 30

A look through the broken lens of fame and the power of destructive storytelling in media.

In this series of paintings, I explore the idea of fame, media and our perceptions of celebrities versus their lived experiences. This series has been bubbling away for the last seven years and has grown and changed over time. In some ways it’s like a diary of my own thoughts on fame and media as they have evolved with me over the years.

Fragments of Fame reflects on the experiences of iconic celebrities who have been deeply affected by the insanity that comes with fame. While each of them were affected in different ways throughout their life in the spotlight, they have all been dehumanised by the media in some way. When we idolize people, we attach an otherworldly, unattainable, and untouchable quality to them. While this idolization might be what allows us to hold them in such high regard, it also lets us forget that they’re real people with real feelings, desires and struggles we know nothing about or cannot fully understand.

Each painting is made up of an array of hundreds, if not thousands, of triangles. When looking at the pieces up close, you might struggle to see the subject for who they are and instead be presented with a colourful collection of triangles, but when you look from a distance, the image will fall into place and an icon is revealed.  This style invites the viewer to take a step back and consider the artwork from another perspective, and in doing so to also consider the life of the subject itself. The idea of a person being displayed through thousands of little fragments mirrors how they are exhibited in the media, just pieces in a narrative designed to sell something.

All in all, this series made me think. And I hope it makes you think too, about perception versus reality. In the age of social media where it is no longer just celebrities that are on display, but us and our peers too, it’s important to remember that we only see certain pieces of the world and the people around us. We’re all more than the fragments we put on display.

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