Approved: 14.10.2007

Rosie Kearton

Artist, Arts administrator, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 14.10.2007

As a visual artist I am interested in exploring the mystery of our existence revealed through our connection with the world 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, discarded or overlooked. I focus on the transitory, fragile and fragmentary nature of existence, human identity and mortality, My work is in essence about memories, intuition, symbolism, narrative and mood - and trying to give shape to what words cannot. The marks and traces we leave behind that record time and human energy. I seek through my work to visually record some aspect of physical movement and gesture that with time and repetition evolve into richly activated surfaces. I am fascinated by fragments and  believe they  gain greater significance when ordered with similar pieces, their cumulative message becoming more interesting and complex, with traces that hold a narrative and a mapping of memory. My creative practice incorporates artist books, printmaking, drawing, photography, and collecting found objects. 

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Artist Statement

As a visual artist I am interested in exploring the mystery of our existence revealed through our connection with the world 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, discarded or overlooked. I focus on the transitory, fragile and fragmentary nature of existence, human identity and mortality, My work is in essence about memories, intuition, symbolism, narrative and mood - and trying to give shape to what words cannot. The marks and traces we leave behind that record time and human energy. I seek through my work to visually record some aspect of physical movement and gesture that with time and repetition evolve into richly activated surfaces. I am fascinated by fragments and  believe they  gain greater significance when ordered with similar pieces, their cumulative message becoming more interesting and complex, with traces that hold a narrative and a mapping of memory. My creative practice incorporates artist books, printmaking, drawing, photography, and collecting found objects. 

In 2015 I graduated from the MA Contemporary Art Practice course at Plymouth University My aim both during the MA and in the last 3 years  has been to capture the experience of walks made on Dartmoor and along the South West Coastal path. Crucial factors are that of scale, immersion, texture, repetition, fragmentation and movement through the development of images that capture the ‘embodied’ fragmentary moments of my walking experience. Printmaking has become central to my practice.

‘As I walk I become aware of the shifting light, my eye catches patterns, small details, a knarled tree bark, small tufts of grass blowing across a field, a bluetit darting from a blossoming hawthorn bush. I observe the changing seasons in the hedgerows, bare brown in the winter and bursting with new growth in spring. I walk, pause, reflect, listen, touch, take notes, and make prints’. 

 

 

CV & Education

Qualifications

 

2015  MA Contemporary Art Practice, Plymouth University

2012 B.A.(Hons) Fine Art Degree (First)  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

2016 Collagraphs with Katherine Jones, The Art Academy, London 

2015 Printmaking – Dartmoor Arts Summer School

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

2017 Impressions 6, Plymouth University, Plymouth 

2017 Bath Society of Artists Summer Exhibition, Victoria Gallery, Bath 

2017 11th International Miniprint Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, USA

2017 Mining Legacy of the Tamar Valley, Tamar Centre, Gunnislake, Cornwall 

2016 Counter, Artist Book event, Plymouth University, Plymouth

2016 Impressions 5, Plymouth University

2016 Fresh off the Press, Limekiln Gallery, Calstock

2015 Christmas Show, Artmill, Plymouth

2015 Process, Flameworks Exhibition, The Barbican, Plymouth

2015  International Print Exchange, Green Door Printmaking, Derby

2015  Plymouth Other Open, Devonport Live, Plymouth

2015  MA Graduation Show, Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

2015  Artist Book Prints by PUPS, RLB, Plymouth University

2015  Impressions 4, Plymouth University

2015  A Circular Walk, Scott Foyer, Plymouth University

2015  Convergence, Artspace 101, Plymouth University

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

2017 11th International Mini Print Exhibition, USA - Honorable mentions for 3 prints and the Legion Purchase Award for Dartmoor Stone 2 

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