I was given a secondhand 1910/20’s dolls house many years ago, for my 3rd birthday, which I fell in love with and still possess, so I am interested in the opportunity to exhibit my work in a dolls house gallery.A Rosemary Watson
Although I have been creating large print-based work from the project, due to the constraints of the available size of paper and of presses it would not be possible to exhibit paper-based pieces in a full-sized gallery on the large scale I would like. I would therefore be interested to use this opportunity to exhibit small-scale pieces that use the space and appear large in the small house gallery. It would also be an opportunity to exhibit recent works from the project, created in lockdown in relationship to each other, outside my local area and online.
Artist statement with Bio
A. Rosemary Watson is a fine artist based in the outskirts of Sheffield close to the border of the Peak District National Park. Her practice includes drawing, painting, photography, artists books, and video encompassing chance intuition and spontaneity. She’s been a tutor in adult art education for over 30 years (drawing / painting / life drawing and painting / printmaking).
Watson’s work is concerned with notions of memory, exploring her personal response to and forming a record of the constantly shifting and multi-layered nature of memory, which blends and blurs over time into a personalised version of history. It is a process that is continually explored, developed and refined as the memories themselves constantly reshape and reform, assuming greater or lesser significance in which the memory-image has been reduced over time to an abstraction of line and space, and emerges through the play of light falling across a blind embossed print.
Recent prints, artists books, and 3-dimensional forms are from an ongoing open-ended print-based project within a larger body of work, which explores and questions the traditions and conventions of prints and their display whilst researching the inter-relationship between the 2-dimensional printed image, the book format and the sculptural form, by hand-cutting and folding 2-dimensional prints to create artists books and 3-dimensional works.
Watson is a founding member and a former exhibitions committee member of Sheffield Printmakers and a committee member of the Sheffield Artists Book Centre.
An article about A Rosemary Watson’s work in the ‘Book Arts’ newsletter can be found in the current issue (see pp 17-18) online https://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/pdf/newspdfs/141.pdf
And in ‘Printmaking Today’ magazine only available in paper form: “An iterative and on-going research project exploring the relationship between dimensionality and meaning” https://www.cellopress.co.uk/page/about
Listing in Sheffield Making Ways / Making Our Way Arts Newsletter for October (The newsletter is not available online but can be subscribed to on >>> this link <<< )
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