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Renee Rilexie

Renee Rilexie is a London based artist, after moving from New York to expand her career. Renee's earlier work reflects her relationship with music, colours and sound frequency, this includes large scale paintings and interactive sensory installations.

Her work has become informed by scientific research into the human mind and function of the brain.

Her current body of work “100% Human” started in 2015, exploring the human condition in a digital era and raising the question… Where does humanity end and technology begin and the effects of melding human and machine in mind and body.  

This is not a statement to preach about technology, but to raise awareness of the over use in our daily lives and how to stop ourselves from loosing the balance and rhythm of life. 

This body of work have been widely received and seen as current and relevant to our modern day society.

Renee has a special interest in the practice of silence, our oneness in humanity, and the power of art to promote personal transformation.  

In this body of sculptural work, Renee Rilexie uses the human head – so often the focus of social media selfies and profile pictures – to interrogate the human condition in a digital era.

Each head is assembled to respond to a different ‘symptom’ of our relationship with technology, constructing an exhibition that aims to encourage us to consider how rapidly advancing digital technologies are affecting our relationships with each other and ultimately ourselves.

In this day and age it would be more convenient to digitally render and 3D print these pieces but Rilexie’s process of manually, delicately, unhurriedly handling and inserting to date close to 250,000 pins, thousands of SIM cards, keys, locks and cogs into the scalps and faces of these automatons favours physical and temporal experience over convenience, and the resulting work rewards eye-contact over snap-shot. It’s slow work in the face of the scramble for super-fast connection speeds. The artist’s aim however is not to preach, but to invite a pause for thought in a richly sensual space.

The deliberate positioning and patterning of hardware on these heads opens up themes to reflection; our increasing obsession with online identity, security and password protection, information overload, the multiplication and perhaps dilution of our being. Is the contemporary human more connected or more fragmented? As we experience more moments, memories and meetings through the partition of an electronic screen.

These highly tactile sculptures, crafted with a patient dexterity prompt us to reflect on how we interact with and value the tangible over the digital, the actual over the virtual and meditation over instantaneity.


Selected Solo Exhibitions: 

  • Henley Festival – July 2019

  • Hive Mind – Edinburgh Fringe 2018 – Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh

  • Innerverse – Large Scale Sensory Installaitn – 2019 - Edinburgh

  • Selected Artworks from Hive Mind Series – EDS Gallery 2018

  • Selected Artworks from Hive Mind Series - Sheraton Gallery 2018

  • Hive Mind - Espacio Gallery – June 2017 -

  • Room of a Thousand Butterflies - TT Culture Hub – March 2016

  • Sound of Colour - Espacio Gallery, March 2013

  • Selected Paintings Exhibited at Sainsbury HQ, Holborn, London 2012


Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • Human Condition – Edinburgh – Oct 019

  • Human Condition - Turin, Italy – May 2019

  • Room of a Thousand Butterflies – Jan – Feb 2018

  • Evocativo - ArtGallery37, Turin, Italy - November 2017

  • Threads - Dundas Street Gallery - Edinburgh - July 2017

  • Frida Kahlo - "Lust for Life" , Menier Gallery - August 2016

  • Elements - Gabriel Fine Arts - June 2015

  • Force of Nature - Menier Gallery - August 2015

  • A Conscious Identity - Esapcio Gallery - September 2014

  • Catharsis - Gabriel Fine Art - November 2014

  • A Spot of Red - Menier Gallery, May 2013



  • Hear the Sunshine, Renee Rilexie, 2011

  • Ben's Blue Magical Warmies – 2013

  • Freida's Colourful Tail – 2013

  • Tickles New Hat - 2013

  • Adventures of Lucinda Dumpling - 2015 



  • Charities and Organisations /Community Work/Workshops/Fundraising

  • Crisis Skylight London

  • CALM – London

  • Women’s Trust – London

  • Maggi’s – Edinburgh

  • RAW/WAR -London

  • Unbound Exhibits for Young Artists

  • Kidney Research UK



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