The effect that humans have on the planet is astonishing. We build cities that cover vast areas of the earth, cutting back nature and removing what is pure. Architecture, a representation of human’s developmental attitude for progression, is seen to slowly move and morph like a destructive organism, demanding space and place on the planet. It is here, in this unsaid battle, that my fascination for the natural and urban landscapes are set.
As a printmaker, the etching process is my preferred choice of creation. Using a self-taught multi-plate printing processes, I aim to show my understanding and interest in the human’s thirst for growth and development, and the effect it has on the natural environment. In my current work, architecture is represented as basic forms, rigid in structure, and firmly placed. It is within these forms that natural textures are trapped and, unable to escape, bound by the forms and the space that surrounds them.
How has the Bursary helped you?
The Bursary, given through participation in the trial run for the Richard Seager Annual Arts Award, has helped me on many levels. At the beginning of my career, receiving the Bursary gave me much-needed hope and inspiration to search out and put myself forward for other artist opportunities, with faith in my work and in myself. Just knowing that my conceptual printmaking was admired by Mrs Seager allowed me to believe and trust in myself as an artist. This has not only helped me physically and materially, but also mentally. I have applied for a number of different artist opportunities with true hope that I can achieve my goals. I also acquired paper, inks and a selection of tools, without the worry of how I would afford them. This has allowed me to stay focused on my printing and art making, which is what every artist wants and desires. Thank you for allowing my creativity to venture to new levels.
In 2016 Rowan beat 600 applicants to win a Residency at the Neo:Gallery23 in Bolton. His work is currently on display in their “Architectonic” exhibition until 7 January 2018.
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