Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents new work by Caroline Rothwell in ‘Splice’.
The daughter of an industrial chemist, Caroline Rothwell poses questions regarding humankind’s control of nature. With a practice that spans over two decades, Rothwell enables us to think about the colonising imperative of recent centuries and our compulsion to master natural forces. With sculptures that border on the surreal and the anthropomorphic, Rothwell pushes us to consider our own response to such issues in her most recent exhibition Splice at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
Caroline Rothwell has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over two decades. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Femmage’, Art Gallery of South Australia (2019); ‘Ex Situ’, Verghis Art (curated by Nina Miall), London (2018); ‘Chelsea Arts Club’, London (2018); Inspiracje 2017, TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland (2017); ‘Another Green World: The landscape of the 21st Century’, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo (2017); 13th International Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador (2016); ‘Antipodes Cut Apart’, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK (2016) as well as a major Sculpture Terrace Commission granted by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, Composer (2016). In 2014, Rothwell presented ‘Urpflanze Street Plants’ at the Museum of Economy Botany, Adelaide as part of the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart at the Art Gallery of South Australia, curated by Nick Mitzevich. Rothwell was also selected for the prestigious Omi International Arts Center Residency in New York (2014). Significant commissions include: ‘Cartwheeling Youngsters’, ‘Rhodes Foreshore’, ‘Canada Bay Council’ (2015); ‘Youngsters’, City of Sydney, City Spaces, Barrack St (2013); ‘Symbiosis’, Central Park, Sydney (2012). In 2009, Fabienne Nicholas of London’s Contemporary Art Society, curated Rothwell’s ‘Dispersed for The Economist Plaza’, London. Rothwell’s work is held in major public collections including: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, Shepparton Art Museum, University of Queensland Art Museum, State Library of Victoria, Artbank, Auckland Art Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand.
Caroline Rothwell has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney since 2014.Exhibition view, Caroline Rothwell, Splice, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (9 - 31 August 2019). Photo: Luis Power