Approved: 16.08.2006

Doris Rohr

Artist, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

My research is located in drawing and paper-based painting and print practices.

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    My research is located in drawing and paper-based painting and print practices.

    Following John Ruskin’s proposed method of closely observing detail from nature, my working practice aims to develop critical drawing as eco-aesthetic category, drawing that may contribute to raising awareness of ecological responsibility. Much of my work is large scale and multi-part intended for installation so that the viewer can participate in the experience through spatial negotiation and real time viewing.

    Currently I am developing notebooks building on my practice-based PHD research  "Drawing on nature- the legacy of John Ruskin's moral cosmos" (October 2016 with Lancaster University LICA). Following on from Ruskin I am motivated by Joseph Beuys' drawings, his 'imprints' which evolved into social sculpture, environmental activism and performances. I am seeking for further continuities and possibilities to make drawing embody environmental awareness, relying on the wider definition of drawing as gesture, action and  aesthetic category. Within this observational and multi-sensory formats of drawing provide a firm anchor, connecting past  with present, perception with imagination. I am also hoping to develop further the poetic integration of writing with drawing in the form of journals and notebooks, and through writing creative and academic texts.

    Two installation drawings from 2012 reflect on  tensions between romantic depiction of landscape and contemporary agri- and horticulture in rural Britain ("Hortus" and "Nursery"). I also included some very early work indicative of my training in observational drawing when completing an apprenticeship in glass and porcelain painting in Bavaria.

    CV & Education

    Solo/Duo exhibitions:

    2017 To See the Mountain in the Stone, the Forest in the Tree Exhibition and public workshop at Florence Arts Centre Cumbria (22nd July – 12th August 2017)

    2016  Jetsam  (PhD exhibition)  Storey Institute Lancaster in conjunction with LICA, Lancaster University,

    2015  Dwindling Abundance   Michael Geddis and Doris Rohr, The Georgian Gallery, Ards Art Centre, Newtownards 

    2010 Doris Rohr & Bridget Farmer Weather Drawings, Graffan Gallery, WWT Centre Castle Espie, Co Down

    2003 - Dounreay, Dean Clough, Halifax

    1996 - Swan Theatre, Worcester

    Group exhibitions

    2014-16 Paper, Wall, Table and After, curators Sian Bowen and Chris Dorsett (1st December 2014- 23rd January 2015); Part 1: Northumbria University, Gallery North: 1st December 2014- 23rd January 2015; Part 2:  National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, 30th November – 6th December 2016

    2013-2015  "Line - An Ambiguous Journey" IADT Dun Laoghaire (October 2013), travelling to  Crescent Arts Centre Belfast (November 2013)  and to Culturlann gallery West Belfast (2015) 

    2012 Synthetic Aesthetics (Group Show: Clancy, Gregory, Holmes, Larkin, McKeever, McMurray, Rohr) Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, August- September 2012.

    2012 Contemporary Artists from Northern Ireland, Brussels, Brussels Platform: a collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels designed to showcase local artists on a European stage, September 2011 - February 2012.

    2011 Drawing a Line, Drawing Group Exhibition University of Ulster, co-curated with Hugh Mulholland and Helen O’Hare, Belfast Campus Gallery, University of Ulster, October 2011.

    2009 2nd Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

    2009 Eros/Thanatos Engramme, Quebec, Canada

    2008 Seven Foyer Gallery, University of Ulster, University of Ulster Belfast

    2008 127th Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Titanic Drawing Offices, Belfast-

    2008/2009 All Over the Place: Drawing Place, Drawing Space", Land 2 group exhibition at University of West of England, Bristol, touring to The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds 2009

    2007  Array Studio Group Exhibition, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland

    2006  Exchange of Belfast Printworkshop with LA Printmaking Society, Greanleaf Gallery, Whittier College, Los Angeles, USA

    2005 Folly Gallery, Lancaster

    2004 North: Dounreay drawings Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth/Wick, Caithness

    2003  Brewery Open, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

    1999  Eastern Open, Kings Lynn

    1999 Drawing Connections, John Innes Centre/Kansas State University, Norwich, GB and Kansas, USA

    1995  Memory and Glimpses Icon Gallery Touring;  Birmingham

    1993 Towards a New Landscape Coventry Gallery, London


    Residencies & Awards

    2013 Marine Laboratory Portaferry

    2012 Prison Arts Foundation: Maghaberry

    2005  Drawing on Landscape, Symposium Sculptors Society Ireland & Burren College of Art, Burren College, County Clare, Ireland

    2000-2001 Vicky Oppenheimer-Blum Travel bursary


    Projects / Publications

    Ashworth, Jenn, Gere, Charlie and Rohr, Doris (2017) "Farewell Terpsichore – an improvisation on smiles, shadows and breath". LUNE, 00 (1). pp. 72-97. [Journal article]

    Rohr, D (2017) Theme “Hope” The Sketchbook Project Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn New York Digitised published version available Spring 2018

    Rohr, D (2016) Drawing on Nature: the legacy of Ruskin’s Moral Cosmos

    Rohr, D (November 2015) Drawing Research Theory and Practice Vol. 1.1 joint editorial Adriana Ionascu/ Doris Rohr.

    2013 Rohr "Good Art Bad Art - What is a 'good' drawing?" Visual Enquiry: Learning and Teaching Art Issue 2:1

    2012 Rohr "Imagining Truth" in Tracey Drawing Knowledge

    2005  Antrim Road (text), ABRIDGED 2, Oct/Nov 05, Context Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland

    2005  NORTH (artist book: travel writing and drawing), Cumbria Unipress, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle

    2001  Photography online workshop (Research contributor), Accessart,

    2000 "Looking through the Ground Glass" (text), Sleep of Reason (exhibition and exhibition catalogue) Norwich Gallery, Norwich School of Art and Design

    2000  "The Status of Drawing" (text), Connections, (exhibition catalogue), Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich

    Current Employment:

    Senior Lecturer Fine Art Drawing, Liverpool Hope University (Jan 2018 ongoing)