Rachel Howard’s first work to combine painting and sculpture is included in Sette Opere per la Misericordia or Seven Works for Mercy - an exhibition curated by Mario Codognato at the Italian Cultural Institute, London.

Howard’s work Controlled Violence (2015-2016) was acquired for the collection of the Pio Monte della Misericordia church in Naples, following the fourth edition of Sette Opere per la Misericordia in 2016. The exhibition’s title derives from Seven Acts of Mercy, the title of the famous Caravaggio painting, also housed in the Church, alongside which contemporary works, including Howard’s, were sited.

The curator Mario Codognato asked artists to respond to the themes of the seven works of corporal Mercy: to give water to the thirsty, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead. Other participating artists include Antonio Biasiucci, Roberto Caracciolo, Piero Golia, Anish Kapoor, Henrietta Labouchere and Olaf Nicolai.

Also opening this month, Howard’s work be seen as part of Look Back Now: Jerwood Gallery is 5 and the Drawing Biennial 2017 

Sette Opere per la Misericordiais at the Italian Cultural Institute, London from 15 March 2017.

Look Back Now: Jerwood Gallery is 5 at the Jerwood Gallery from 15 March until 21 May 2017.

Drawing Biennial 2017 is the Drawing Room, London from 2 March - 26 April 2017.