About Rosalind Fowler
Rosalind Fowler is an artist and filmmaker with a background in art and visual anthropology. Her work explores the politics and poetics of place and belonging in the contemporary English landscape through the prisms of folk culture, alternative communities, science fiction, pre-history and dreams. Through quasi-ethnographic forms of enquiry she combines real lived experiences and narratives with performance, fictionalization, writing and the language of the subconscious in her work. Her interests lie in experimenting with the potentialities of documentary and fiction filmmaking to investigate the boundaries between the real and imagined, visible and invisible within culture. Her work has shown widely, including at the ICA, William Morris Gallery, BFI, Plymouth Arts Centre, BBC Birmingham, and Fundação Manuel António da Mota in Porto. She was the 2015-16 Artist in Residency at the William Morris Gallery, and in 2016 had solo installations at the Barbican and William Morris Gallery.
Residency at WMG 2016
Fowler's residency was inspired by William Morris’s ‘ecotopian’ romance News From Nowhere, to consider similarities and resonances between Morris’s visions for a future London and Organiclea, a food-growing co-operative in the Waltham Forest. Setting up a temporary film lab on site, she hand-processed 16mm film using an ecological formula and experimented with natural plant dyes. Through these methods, she explored the idea of film as craft to embody some of Morris's ideals .
Fowler went on to receive additional arts council funding to develop a new piece of work. Weaving together 16mm and digital footage, the final film evolved into a 2 screen installation, portraying the politics and poetics of this community, also acting as dreamspace as gardeners imagine their own versions of a utopian future London from the vantage point of the present. She also worked with gardeners around the borough of Waltham Forest, inviting them to share their own ideas for an imaginery future London on empty seed packets.
NowhereSomewhere was shown at the Barbican as a pedal powered installation and at the William Morris gallery during Autumn 2016. She also showed work-in-progress in a specially converted cinema yurt at the Walthamstow Garden party. “The residency was a great opportunity for me to broaden my practice through experimenting with new methods of working and engaging closely with Organiclea’s gardening community. Supported by the Gallery and building new connections, this provided an invaluable stepping stone for being awarded further funding and subsequent shows”.
Beyond the Residency
Rosalind is currently developing various new projects and completed an artist residency in the Moroccan Sahara Autumn 2016 following her exhibitions at the Barbican and William Morris Gallery.
Find updated information about Fowler's projects, shows and screenings here