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Rosa Allison

MA work

My forms empty out cultural reference and act as a container for different surfaces. These surfaces react to each other when they touch. At the edges there is a friction between contrasting colour and texture so that each part oscillates in pictorial space.

My process involves improvisation and play- similar to an improvised performance or dance; the large scale of the paintings allows them to act as a stage in which actions and gestures take place. Raw, handmade processes such as painting and ceramics leave traces of imperfections and limitations of the body.

There is often a precariousness about the way things are held in space. Where things struggle under the weight of gravity it creates a feeling of fragility that relates to the vulnerability of the human body. 

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Arts & Humanities

    Programme

    MA Painting, 2018

  • My forms empty out cultural reference and act as a container for different surfaces. These surfaces react to each other when they touch. At the edges there is a friction between contrasting colour and texture so that each part oscillates in pictorial space.

    My process involves improvisation and play- similar to an improvised performance or dance; the large scale of the paintings allows them to act as a stage in which actions and gestures take place. Raw, handmade processes such as painting and ceramics leave traces of imperfections and limitations of the body.

    There is often a precariousness about the way things are held in space. Where things struggle under the weight of gravity it creates a feeling of fragility that relates to the vulnerability of the human body. 

  • Degrees

  • BFA , University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2011-2014.
  • Exhibitions

  • Whip, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Work in Progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2017.; Exercises in Control and Chaos, HANGAR, Lisbon, 2016.; Bird Call, Matariki Building, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015.; Expeditionary Force, Suite gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 2015.; Remake/Remodel, SOFA Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2014.; Amazon Painters, ‘Birds of a Feather’, Chambers241 Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2014.; Paperworks, First Thursdays Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2014.; Dirty Laundry, First Thursdays Pop-Up Exhibition, 2014.
  • Awards

  • Lonsdale Edgar Prize in Painting, 2011.; Parkin Prize nomination, 2015.