Email: o.rowland@hotmail.co.uk


I am a visual artist and practice-based PhD student.

Harnessing anautoethnographic approach, my research explores the use of drawing andexperimental writing to articulate my personal experience of generalizedanxiety disorder, questioning its impact upon perceptions of the self and howsubjective lived experience is envisaged in the mind. Crucially, it is a meansto narrate myself into ‘being’.

I am concerned with how this intersects with gender and subject-object power relations in artistic discourse. As the historic spectre of ‘hysteria’ continues to pollute societal conceptions of womxn’s mental health, my artistic practice contemplates what a post-voyeuristic conception of feminized anxiety could resemble. 

This has previously taken the form of fictitious cartoon semi-human ‘characters’; wordplay, anecdote and a writhing, convulsing use of line. The result is unfixed and impossible to pinpoint – at once playful, fragmented, and  phantasmic.



Manchester School of Art


MA Print
Royal College of Art


BFA Fine Art
University of Oxford


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


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


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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