Approved: 14.10.2007

Rosie Kearton

Artist, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 14.10.2007

I am interested in exploring the mystery of our existence revealed through our connection with the world and the marks and traces we leave behind and embodying the relations between history, daily life, memory and the ever changing present. My work is concerned with a broad theme of time, layers of meaning and memories, and concern with what has been lost or discarded. I focus on the transitory, fragile

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  • Location: Plymouth, South West
  • Activities: Practice-based research
  • Categories: Book Works, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Printmaking
  • Tags: Conceptual, pinhole, photogram, walking, found objects, Collagraphs
 
 

Biography

I am interested in exploring the mystery of our existence revealed through our connection with the world and the marks and traces we leave behind and embodying the relations between history, daily life, memory and the ever changing present. My work is concerned with a broad theme of time, layers of meaning and memories, and concern with what has been lost or discarded. I focus on the transitory, fragile and fragmentary nature of existence, human identity and mortality. I have a passion for walking in the mountains or by the sea, and travelling to different places, where I like to spend time wandering and sometimes getting lost. I often collect something along the way, a stone, a travel ticket, a fragment that sparks a memory of that journey, place, and time. Being experimental, curious, playful, taking risks and accepting failure is central to the way I develop my ideas. I also enjoy initiating collaborative projects and inviting other artists to take part, not quite knowing how the project is going to develop. I am a collector of 'seemingly' mundane objects that hold a personal fascination. My artistic practice often feels like a forensic investigation of 'historical' fragments; a search of the past in order to create associations that illuminate the present. I examine these fragments and objects through drawing, spacial interventions, printmaking. projection, alternative photographic techniques, for example pinhole cameras, photograms and Super 8 film. I also take lots of digital photographs and collect archive images for reference. The materials that I use are chosen for their strength to convey a message, and as a catalyst for igniting debate. I incorporate found and discarded objects whenever possible to support my concern with environmental issues. My work may be two or three dimensional or take the form of an artist's book or installation, often as multiples, collections or repeated units.

CV & Education

Qualifications

Currently on MA Contemporary Art Practice at Plymouth University

2012 B.A.(Hons) Fine Art Degree University of Plymouth

2009 Diploma in Fine Art, Leeds College of Art and Design

1979 Adult Teaching Certificate in Embroidery, Loughborough College of Art and Design

 

Professional development

2013 Abstraction in the landscape – Newlyn Art School

2013 LIE Design School, Plymouth Arts Centre   

2012 Experimental Drawing – Newlyn Art School

2010 Ephemeral Sculpture, Baldessin Press, Victoria, Australia

2010 Photography - Light painting, Baldessin Press, Victoria, Australia

2009 Land Art, Creative Arts Retreat, Anglesey

2008 DIY 5 'Keep your luggage with you at all times', Live Art Development Agency, Artadmin, Toynbee Studios, London

2007-8 Making it happen, Disability training course, Pyramid of Arts, Leeds

1981-91 Arts management short courses, Leicester City Council and East Midlands Arts

 

Solo and Group exhibitions

2014         20:14 Plymouth University Printmakers Touring exhibition

2014         Seacourts International Mini Prints, Bangor, Northern Ireland

2014         The Walking Encyclopedia, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent

2014         Impressions 3, Plymouth University

2014         MA Group Exhibition, Plymouth University

2013         Impressions 2, Plymouth University

2013         Path, Harrington Studios, Long Eaton 2013

2013          Leeds International Artist’s Book Fair

2013         MA group exhibition  Plymouth University

2012          First Impressions, Plymouth University

2012          Christmas exhibition, Flameworks, Barbican, Plymouth  

2012          Speed, a drawing exhibition, Plymouth University

2012          Leeds International Artist’s Book Fair                  

2011         Flameworks Christmas Exhibition Melville Bldg, RWY, Plymouth

2011         Phases of Transition, RLB, University of Plymouth

2011         Home from Home, University of Leeds

2011         Fresh off the Press, Limekiln Gallery, Calstock, Cornwall.

2011        Prints, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

2009        In my other life....., St John's Church, Leeds

2009       Sub (missive), Artist's Book Fair, Leeds University, Leeds

2008       Six by Ten, Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds

2008       Failure, Leeds College of Art and Design, Blenheim Walk, Leeds

 

Competitions, prizes and awards

2007 Artist collaboration and travel to Sweden, Arts Council grant

2006 Winner of 'Spirit of Women' Surgicare regional competition, Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds