Explore a range of drawing, image transfer, embossing and lino-printing techniques in this one-off workshop with SA artist, Chris De Rosa.
Participants in this workshop will examine and develop imagery inspired by the minutiae of sea living organisms to create an individual and collaborative print-based work.
De Rosa has built her artistic practice researching, collecting and observing terrestrial and sea-based organisms. Through printmaking, installation and sculpture, she examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world.
During the workshop, De Rosa will share and discuss the concepts that underpin her practice and the processes she employs in her work.
ACE Open’s workshop program provides a unique opportunity to learn new skills and engage with leading contemporary artists in a creative, social and participatory environment. Designed to suit a range of skill levels and interests, these artist-led programs offer all audiences – from curious gallery-goers through to practicing artists – an opportunity to learn a range of creative techniques through hands-on, practical classes. All materials and light refreshments will be provided.
Chris De Rosa has lived in coastal Port Elliot for twenty years where she swims almost daily and dives into another world full of organisms “rich and strange”. Her practice explores notions of art, science, and imagination. Through printmaking, installation and sculpture, she examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world.
Exploring historical collections and archives is a core element in De Rosa’s practice. She has undertaken a number of research projects at the Natural History Museum, London, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dhorn, Naples, Melbourne Herbarium, and is currently studying the collections at the Museum of Economic Botany and the South Australian Museum.
She is currently undertaking a Guildhouse Catapult mentorship with Brent Walter at Negative Press Melbourne.
Since moving to the south coast, De Rosa has been intrigued by the world of the liminal sea edge, fascinated with weeds, spongia and algae that inhabit this space. She has become a kind of collector, gathering seaweed specimens from local shores. Hunting for their unique aesthetic, (Gothic) qualities, and otherness. Sea changes do indeed turn seaweed into “things rich and strange”. It is the transformation that occurs from under the sea to above sea that interests De Rosa – a kind of reverse sea change. Much of her work plays with these changes that occur ‘between worlds’ and with a projection of these organisms in a dystopian future.
Since 1993, de Rosa has participated in a significant number of group exhibitions showing print based works, a number of which have toured regionally. In 2017, de Rosa was awarded Country Arts SA Artist Breaking Ground Award which culminated in a major solo show during South Australian Living Arts Festival at AC Arts, Light Square, and at Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa in conjunction with the South Australian Museum in 2018. In 2018, de Rosa was awarded the Australian Print Workshop Residency and 2019 selected for the Print Council of Australia Print Commission. Her work is held in the collections of the Australia National Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, Whyalla City Council and numerous private collections.