Photo: Rosie Kearton in Plymouth, South West

Rosie Kearton

Artist, Maker
Early career

In 2005 at the age of 60 I made the decision to study, part time for a B A (Hons) Fine Art degree. It was something I'd always wanted to do and somehow avoided for numerous reasons. I didn't think I was 'good enough' if truth be known. I married early and had 5 daughters, then spent 30 years in various arts and voluntary sector jobs. My daughters now all have degrees and this year, 2012, it was my turn. As a mature student the wealth of experience and memories that I bring to my practice has been a real strength. I have even enjoyed critical studies and the challenge of writing essays. In 2012 I achieved. BA (1st class hons) in Fine Art. 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, 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. read full statement

Location Plymouth, South West
Activities Practice-based research
Artforms / type of project Book Works, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Printmaking
Tags Conceptual, pinhole, photogram, walking, found objects,

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