Approved: 16.08.2006

Jessica Rost

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
Rost, 'one crazy artist . . . created out of an Alice in Wonderland like existence, where sausages can grow to four feet long and cars can shrink to fit into a sardine tin'. I am best known for my larger scale car sculpture, perhaps a symptom of the 'in-your-face' culture, which I strove to echo in this work. Again and again I return to my fascination with obsessive consumerism, which I

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  • Location: Milton Keynes, South East
 

Biography

Concepts Rost, 'one crazy artist . . . created out of an Alice in Wonderland like existence, where sausages can grow to four feet long and cars can shrink to fit into a sardine tin'. I am best known for my larger scale car sculpture, perhaps a symptom of the 'in-your-face' culture, which I strove to echo in this work. Again and again I return to my fascination with obsessive consumerism, which I see everywhere, whether it be fast food, fast cars, inefficiencies or false structures. These ideas manifested in earlier work through mimicry. Recently my approach has been to look at the contradictions of materialism and spirituality. In Kindred Roots, I became involved in a more fundamental interest in energies, the polarity of the masculine force and the feminine form. I am interested in the subliminal levels of culture, the natural structures, which have their own life and the foolhardy travellers within these.Career path Practising as an artist since graduating from Birmingham Polytechnic in 1991, I am known for my car sculptures, which have travelled to Ely Cathedral, Milton Keynes shopping centre and elsewhere. In 2002 I was commissioned to create a car piece for Cork Midsummer Festival. In 1998 I participated in an International Symposium in Kaunas. Since then I have created links with France, China, Poland, exhibited in Munich and participated in a festival in Rome. Through this interest in exchange I began a biennial International Symposium for Milton Keynes, which I co-ordinated on behalf of the Silbury Group of Artists in 2000, 2002 and 2004. As a self-employed community artist since 1996 I have undertaken many commissions, art weeks, residences, workshops and performances, working with groups and in collaborations. In 2000 I performed 'Biffa Surprise', which was part of 'A Circular Happening' by Richard Layzell to commemorate Milton Keynes Gallery's first birthday.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2001 - E T A Unknown, Acute Angle Gallery, London 1996 - Dead Meat Mate, Exhibition Gallery, Milton Keynes 1996 - Exhibition of Drawings, Centre Gallery, Luton 1996 - Naturally Fruity, Westbury Farm Garage, Milton Keynes 1995 - Fruits of Love, Troopers Eating House, Aldbury, Hertfordshire 1995 - Look No Paint, Queens Park Centre, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire Group exhibitions 2003 - Line of Art, Kauno Galeria, Lithuania 2002 - Car is the Star, Emnist Place Midsummer Festival, Cork 2002 - Kindred Roots, Kunsterein Ebensburg, Munich 2002 - Tor Sapienza in Arte, Street Festival, Tor Sapienza, Rome 2001 - 10 Years of Silbury Group, Milton Keynes Gallery 2001 - Memoirs of my Travels, Kauno Galeria, Lithuania; Villinus, Milton Keynes 2000 - City a Vessel for Souls, Westbury Fatm Studio, Milton Keynes 2000 - Defining the Times, Milton Keynes Gallery 2000 - Elevations, Performance outside Milton Keynes Gallery 1999 - Green Art Space and cathedral grounds, Ely, Cambridgeshire 1999 - In Cars, Stroud House Gallery, Gloucestershire 1999 - In-hibitions, Westbury Farm Studios, Milton Keynes 1998 - Books by Women Artists, touring UK 1998 - V International Symposium, Kaunas, Lithuania 1997 - Midsummer Art Show, CBX, Milton Keynes 1997 - Short Life, Old Leadworks, Bristol 1996 - Auto Imagination, Gibson Moore Motoring Gallery, London 1996 - Expose '96, Custard Factory, Birmingham 1995 - Art Aid, Cornhill, London