b.1994

Email: o.rowland@hotmail.co.uk
Instagram: 
@oliviarowland

https://linktr.ee/oliviarowland

Drawing first and foremost is a way to narrate myself into ‘being’. It enables me to construct a sense of identity and navigate the intersections where this is distorted by anxiety disorder.

Within my practice, there is a mimetic and fluid interplay between text and image which is not illustrative, but rather a language overall which uses a convulsing, fluid, stark and often vigorous use of drawn line.

It plays a game, narrating anxiety, identity, anecdote and self-criticism through quasi-human, quasi-fictional parasitic creatures (or parts of them), poetry and spoken dialogue, some of which is linguistically recognisable; some taking the form of guttural sounds or what we consider ‘noise’. The narrator is unreliable to a linear, structured order of language, being and recognisability; for such order facilitates hierarchy and a binary appointing of otherness.

Education


2019-2025

PhD
Manchester School of Art

2017-19

MA Print
Royal College of Art

2013-16

BFA Fine Art
University of Oxford


Exhibitions


Works on Paper
, The Brick Lane Gallery, 06-2021 - 07-2021

On Point, Surface Gallery (Online Show) 08-2020

Clifford Chance's Postgraduate Printmaking in London, London, 11-2019 - 12 - 2019

neo:artprize, Bolton Museum Gallery, Bolton, 09-2019 - 10-2019

Uncertainty and the Unknown, City Arts, Nottingham, 06-2019 - 10-2019

Royal College of Art Degree Show 2019, Royal College of Art, London, 06-2019

We Can Only Have Fun on Certain Days, Stour Space, London, 04-2019

What a Relief, CGP London, 03-2019

The Masters: Screen and Stone, Bankside Gallery, London, 11-2018

Lviv: View From Inside, View From Outside, Stanislaw Lem Cultural Center, Lviv, 19 & 20 07-2018

Marching Through the Fields, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, 08-2018

WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, 01-2018

Open Contemporary Young Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 06-2017 - 08-2017

FRESH, Rural Arts, Thirsk, Yorkshire, 04-2017

#7 New Colour, Middleport Pottery,Stoke-on-Trent, 04-2017

The Red Mansion Art Prize, Kendrew Barn, St John's College, Oxford, 03-2017

Echoes of Queen Street, The Wedgwood Institute, Stoke-on-Trent, 12-2016

Dust, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent, 11-2016

Open Studio, Red Gate Residency, Beijing, 09-2016

Fragments, BottleCraft, Stoke-on-Trent, 08-2016

Ruskin Degree Show, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, 06-2016


Awards/Bursaries


The Philip Bates Trust Award, 2018

Goodenough Scholarship, Goodenough College, 2018

Young Talent Scholarship, International SummerAcademy of Fine Arts and Media, Venice, 2018

Delphian Open Call Award, Delphian Gallery(Shortlisted) 2018

First GrantRecipient, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, 2017

The Open ContemporaryYoung Artist Award, Biscuit Factory (Shortlisted) 2017

The Red Mansion Art Prize,The Red Mansion Foundation, 2016

Residencies


International Summer Academy of Fine Arts and Media
, Venice, 07-18

Dumfries House Residency, Ayrshire, Scotland,06-2017

Red Gate Residency, Beijing, China, 09-2016

The artist wishes to thank both the Philip Bates Trust and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation for their support.

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