Rosie Lesso

Artist, Critic, Teacher, Gallery educator

The primary concern in my work is the tension between the natural and industrial environment, which I have explored in a variety of mediums, but with a particular interested in drawing. My drawings explore the boundaries between realism and abstraction through experimental, deconstructive techniques. They fluctuate between mechanical and expressive imagery and mark making and suggest biomorphic forms or the sprawling detritus of barren landscapes. I have also made a number of large format drawings on location which have begun and ended in the exhibition space but never fully reach a point of resolution, instead acting as open ended performances. These drawings grew and evolved without planned outcome but explored open, empty space and floating graphic language. This interest in a graphic, black and white language has also been explored in a series of outdoor interventions in which alternative road or street signs respond to specific rural locations. This includes projects in Aberdeen, Cupar and Dunbar. In the Modern Beasts project with North East Open Studios in Aberdeen in 2010 I found illustrations of animals in Aberdeen University's medieval encylopedic bestiary; warning signs based on these creatures were spread across the city's series of public parks. For the Cupar Arts Festival 2011 I responded to speculations of black panthers in the Fife area with a series of black and white warning signs entitled The Outsiders. Along with these interventions I worked with the U3A creative writing group in Cupar to create a related publication. read full statement

Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Activities Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Workshops, Critical writing, Gallery education