Shifting between material form and experimentation with media Rossella Emanuele practice negotiates relationships between site, body, time and event. Central to the work is the interplay between drawing, sculpture and lens based media. Her performative approach to the production process is driven by a process led approach to materiality and has a speculative interest in breaking down the limits of mediums to privilege the immanence of the act of making over the notion of the permanent object.
The approach emerges from Emanuele early experience in dance and performing arts; she tends to exploit performative strategies such as improvisation and play, accumulation and repetition, duration and endurance to extend the understanding of drawing and sculptural practice.
Wrestling between the visual and the experiential her work takes the form of installations, sculpture, drawings, films, live actions, collaborative/participatory practices, artist’s books and performance. Here drawing is understood as an extended practice, and it includes collaborative approaches particularly in relation to performativity where the resulting installations, films, drawing and/or performances are brought into being as a result of the context they are in.
Rossella Emanuele was born in Italy, she started her creative career in the performing arts subsequently she trained in sculpture and fine art practice. She lives and works in London since 1994.
Recent projects are: Immateriality: Possibilities and Experiences, exhibition and symposium at Herbert Read Gallery UCA, Canterbury (UK); Drawn/Drawing Conversations exhibition and symposium, organized by the Visual Arts Research Group at the School of Art and Design, Coventry University, WhiteNoise a collaborative residency and exhibition with Greig Burgoyne at the Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD); the project was awarded a research and development Arts Council England grant and research funding from UCA. A publication on the project with a commissioned essay and an interview edited by Marmalade and distributed by Central Books will be launched in 2016. Redeeming the Everyday residency and master class at YARAT Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan, ALL art:language:location Cambridge; ACTS RE-ACTS 1, Wimbledon Space, London; ON DRAWING, Symposium and Show – Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA.
Forthcoming projects include: Whitenoise published by Marmalade visual theory, DRAW PECKHAM a participatory drawing project with Camberwell College of Arts and a two person shows at Coventry University in 2017.