Rose-Mary Faulkner, Of Surface and Form
Rose-Mary Faulkner investigates ways to observe and experience the body, and ways of visually expressing feeling and sensation.
The body is simultaneously familiar and foreign to us – it is with us always, yet we only ever have a restricted personal viewpoint of ourselves.
Rose-Mary graduated from the ANU School of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (glass) with Honours in 2016. Her honours year saw her conducting tests and explorations combining bodily imagery with the materiality of glass surfaces to observe and map her own figure. Of Surface and Form was one of her final works from this time.
Rose’s practice primarily explores decal imagery on glass. She photographs sections of the body and abstract these images through digital manipulation. After transferring this imagery to glass using decals she further manipulate the surface and form through multiple fusings or coldworking.
These works, activated by light, represent bodily form through simple but visually engaging shapes. Their organic shape mimics the smooth curve of the female figure. The rondel surface is made up of two conjoining images that are both ambiguous and soft, displaying curves and creases that appear as parts of a body. The slightly slumped surface activates the imagery into a sculptural form evocative of the movement and gesture.
Rose-Mary was a finalist in the 2016 Wagga Wagga National Emerging Glass Art Prize and exhibited her work in Fresh Glass at Canberra Glassworks. Rose-Mary’s undergraduate work received honourable mention in the Glass Arts Society International Student Online Catalogue in 2016. As part of the School of Art & Design Emerging Artist Support Scheme she received a residency at Canberra Glassworks where she explored different ways of combining glass, surface variation and photographic imagery within her practice.