Rosie Plunkett was born in Newcastle UK, She graduated with a 1st class hons degree in Photography from Manchester Metropolitan University and currently lives and works in London.
“Touch is the most intimate sense of all. The whole sensitive skin is played upon, the whole body, braced, resistant, poised, relaxed, answers to the thrust of forces incomparably stronger than itself.”
“The hands have an infinity of pleasure in them… The feel of things, textures, surfaces, rough things like cones and bark, smooth things like stalks and feathers and pebbles rounded by water, the teasing of gossamers… the scratchiness of lichen, the warmth of the sun, the sting of hail, the blunt blow of tumbling water, the flow of the wind – nothing that I can touch or that touches me but has its own identity for the hand as much for the eye”
Nan Shepard – The Living Mountain.
Land is the axis of my practice. I am interested in how haptic interactions and indexical mediums can be used to represent different geological, topographical and ideological spaces.
The use of analogue techniques and labour intensive processes emphasises the importance of being in touch with my subject and materials. This way of working is motivated by a belief that haptic making fosters ‘knowing hands’ which create a deeper connection between myself, artwork and subject. It is also a meditation on the increasing distance developing between ourselves and our natural spaces due to the rapid growths in technology within the last century.
My most recent body of work 'Perfidious Albion' explores the geological and historical foundations of land. Through methods of embodiment, action and tactility, I utilise chalk as a creative tool whilst also questioning the visual association it has with British identity.