“Even in the internal space of the studio, I believe that everything you work with is related to the room in which you are. It is exactly this belief that I bring to my work”.
Award-winning artist, Rosalind Lawless is concerned with architecture and space; space not as a container but as the contained. The solid volume of the air defined by objects: interior space, open space or a very specific space such as a corner of a room, a window blind, the gaps between one room and another the way that walls meet at the top and sides, doorways, and corridors. In this exhibition Interior Monuments
Rosalind Lawless was born in Glasgow in 1978 and studied Fine Art Printmaking at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1999 to 2002. She graduated with a Masters of Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, London in 2004. She teaches art part time, and exhibits regularly in Scotland. In 2002 she won the Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Award culminating in a three month scholarship to Florence. In 2003 she was winner of the Daler Rowney Drawing Prize Royal College of Art, London, in 2004 the Tim Mara Trust Award from the Royal College of Art and in 2005 the Joe Hargan Award Paisley Art Institute, Glasgow. In 2008 and 2009 she was the recipient of the Glasgow Art Club Fellowship Award and Inverarity One to One Travel Award respectively from the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, where in 2013 she became elected member. Her abstract compositions consist of layers of silkscreen, paint and pastels and relates to the spaces that inspire her and document the history created through the process of making the work.
"My practice began with wanting represent buildings and the space they inhabit. I amparticularly interested in Architecture and space, Space not as container but as the contained – the solid volume of the air defined by objects: Interior space open space or a very specific space such as a corner of a room, a window blind, the gaps between one room and another the way that walls meet at the top and sides, doorways, and corridors. I continue to explore these ideas of internal and external space as a way of comprehending notions of space and documenting the imagined and observed.
Throughout the work, the language, however formal is abstract. Working with layers sometimes only using one layer keeping the work pure, by editing, subtracting, adding with silkscreen and collage, I always strive to physically construct space within the composition of my work. The work revolves around a sense of history, of the spaces that inspire and the history of the journey making the work. Within the work the subject matter appears to enter the paper from the sides as though it is slipping in or out of view, leaving or entering the paper.
Within the work the colours are continually overlaid, constructing with paint and print using different kinds of material; charcoal, graphite, using sources such as photocopier, drawings and photographs. I acknowledge sculpture in my work and aim to bring the outside space into my work. I work predominately with a build up of layers consisting of silkscreen, paint and pastels. This leads to scraping back and covering over until the paper or canvas becomes completely manipulated.
Colour is used in a subtle and structural way, I build up tonal variations and harmonies, and it relates to the structure, defines planes, suggests depth and contributes to overall composition.