Approved: 19.03.2012

Rosillo de Blas


Approved: 19.03.2012

Artist Statement

Arabel Lebrusan AKA Rosillo de Blas is a visual artist whose sculpture and site-specific interventions function as social commentary. Focusing her lens on material culture and the ‘feminine’ tactile environment, she investigates wider issues of power relationships, exploitation and inequality. Through small objects as well as large-scale installations, she explores phenomenological encounters with objects and spaces.

Rosillo de Blas is particularly interested in the psycho-social and physical experiences of the home, and the objects contained therein. She experiments with small-scale, ‘domestic’ objects such as soap, hair, dollhouse furniture, or the actual fabric of the home, such as windows and bricks, often exploiting the inherited and associated meanings of found objects. Recent works draw attention to subliminal violence inherent in domestic tasks, frequently associated with traditional maternal archetypes: knitting, soap rubbing, or skinning a rabbit. She uses craft techniques and processes to transform materials, mine collective memories and create new narratives to engage and open up conversations with the audience.

Most of her site-specific large scale installations are made through a collaborative process, rooted in a socially-engaged practice. The place and the people involved in each project become the context, and the exchange of skills and knowledge intrinsic to the work. 

CV & Education


Gothic Pleasures, May-June 2016. Eagle Gallery. London. UK
“Freehold”. Solo Exhibition. July-September 2015. UH Galleries. Museum of St. Albans. St. Albans. UK
“MK Calling 2015”. July 2015. MK Gallery. Milton Keynes. UK
“Eastern Approaches 2014”. December 2014. UH Galleries. Museum of St. Albans. St. Albans. UK
“Open Exhibition”. Dec 13 – Jan 14. Curators: Gareth Bell-Jones (Wysing Arts Centre) and Jennie Syson (SYSON Gallery). NN. Northampton. UK
“Laced words”. February 13. Audiovisual artwork.In collaboration with artist Kathy Hinde. Commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts. 1 St Paul’s square. Bedford. UK
“Lace in Place”. May 12- March 13. Site specific installation. Commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts. 1 St Paul’s square. Bedford. UK
“Eastern Pavilions”. December 11. Norwich Museum and Art Gallery. Norwich. Atrium Studios. University Campus Suffolk. Ipswich. UK
“Object as Muse”. July 08. Crafts Council. Winchester Center. Winchester. UK
“DNA/ Form London”. Feb- March 08. London Olympia. UK
“Art Hand Design”.Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design. Jan-Feb 08. London. UK
“Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design Degree shows”. June 07. Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design. London. UK
“Kunstroute Noord: Business as Usual”. Jun 05. Artinfuse. Rotterdam. Holland
“…prospecten van nooit vermoed schoon”. Aug 04. Tent. Rotterdam. Holland
“El Rosario de la Abuela”. Collaboration with Olga Parra Benavides Apr 04. Lunâ Art Collective Gallery. Cebu city. The Philippines
“Fotonoviembre”. Nov 03. Tenerife International Photography Biennial. Islas Canarias. Spain
“Eindelijk”. Jun 02. Moira Gallery. Utrecht. Holland
“Utrechtse Kunstmanifestatie”. Sept 01. Janskerk. Janskerkhof. Utrecht. Holland
“Private in public”. Apr 01. Exposorium.Vrije Universiteit. Amsterdam. Holland
[email protected]. Mar 01. Moira Gallery. Utrecht. Holland
“Kunst met een grote U”. Dec 00.Verzorgingscentrum Titus Brandsma. Utrecht. Holland
“Who are we”. Jul 00. Louka monastery. Znojmo. Czech Republic
“HKU Festival”Hogeschool van de Kunsten. Jun 00. AlbertHeijn supermarket. Utrecht. Holland
“Duurzaamheid Verbeeld”. May 00. Griftpark. Utrecht. Holland
“Bunker(t)raume”. Jun 00. Gesundbrunnen bunker. Berlin. Germany
“El cuaderno rojo”. Collaboration with Laia Fábregas Ferrús. Oct 99. Cervantes Institute. Utrecht. Holland
“Park van de toekomst”. Apr 99. Westergasfabriek. Amsterdam. Holland

“Fence ragging. Guerilla textiles”The Big Lunch, July 2011. Bedford. UK
“Behaviours”. As guest lecturer. Sep 05. University of Cebu. Cebu. The Philippines
“Arts for social change”. Feb 05. Pioneers of change. Johannesburg. South Africa
“arte y saber” (art and knowledge). Nov 03. Arteleku. Donostia-San Sebastián. Basque Land. Spain
“comunitat/community” 2000. Dec 02. Fundacio d’Estudis Superiors d’Olot.Coromina. La Garrotxa. Girona. Spain
“Who are we”. Jul 00. Louka monastery. Znojmo. Czech Republic
“Duurzaamheid Verbeeld” (Sustainability). 99-00. Hogeschool van de Kunsten. Utrecht. Holland
“Park van de toekomst” (Park of the Future). Gerrit Rietveld Academie. April 99. Westergasfabriek. Amsterdam. Holland


GfdA. Arts Council England. Grant for “Freehold”. July  2015. UH Galleries. Museum of St. Albans. St. Albans. UK
GfdA. Arts Council England. Grant for “Lace in Place”. May 12- March 13. Bedford. UK
Goldsmiths’Craft and Design Council. Commended Award. March 08. London. UK
HRA. Diamond company. Sponsorship for Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design degree show. June 07 London
Private Business sponsors ‘El Rosario de la Abuela’. Apr 04. Cebu city. The Philippines
CBK. Rotterdam. Exhibiting abroad grant for “Fotonoviembre”. Nov 03. Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Islas Canarias. Spain
KF Heinfonds, Utrecht “[email protected]”. Mar 01. Moira Gallery. Utrecht. Holland
Hogeschool van de Kunsten, Utrecht,“ Who are we” Jul 00. Leuka monastery. Znojmo. Check Republic
Pritt. Henkel Nederland B.V. “Bunker(t)raume”.May-Jun 00.Gesundbrunnen bunker. Berlin. Germany
Instituto Cervantes for “Park van de toekomst”. Apr 99.Westergasfabriek. Amsterdam. Holland
Erasmus Grant. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 98-99. Spain

MA Design. 2005-2007. Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design
BA. Fine Arts. Erasmus Exchange Program. 1998- 2000 .Hogeschool van de Kunsten. Utrecht. Holland
BA. Fine arts. 1994-1998. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Spain
BA. History and Geography. 1992-1993. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Spain