Rosalind Lemoh’s sculptures have an industrial style through the use of materials such as concrete, copper and aluminium. By setting these materials in highly detailed silicone moulds, she creates pieces that contrast heavy materials with intricate details. Rosalind replicates parts of the body, fruit, vegetables and found objects in moulds but not as they appear in the physical world. The arm that becomes a shovel, the leg that becomes a pitch fork; the connection of body parts to laborious items create intrigue as the viewer’s gaze works down the limb to find it is not as they know it.
Rosalind is drawn to certain materials, from which she derives her inspiration. The contrast of rough surfaces and high polish is apparent where the use of tough materials is accented with gold leaf. She takes inspiration from emotional phenomena; the body as a socio-political artefact, text, and semantics in what we mean and don’t mean. There are also aspects of self-reflection. These abstract themes are reflected in the unusual unions of objects into one being, such as the pineapple and artichokes that make up her piece, Artichoke Sister.
Rosalind fell in love with art as a profession when she was fourteen. Starting with modelling clay, she enjoyed hand building arts. Moving from Sydney to Canberra, she undertook a Bachelor of Fine Arts at ANU where she honed her craft and learned a suite of new skills. Studying also afforded an opportunity to benefit from mentor relationships with her teachers and see what an artist’s life really looked like.
Since graduating, Rosalind has achieved critical acclaim, receiving a number of awards including state finalist in the Qantas Emerging Art Award in 2009, and exhibiting regularly in Australia and internationally. One overseas exhibition was at Artrooms independent art fair in London where a number of her works sold and many more enquiries were taken and contacts made. She has had residencies at Canberra Contemporary Art Space and the ANU Sculpture Workshop, and received grants to support her research and exhibitions, including an Australian Artists’ Grant through NAVA.
In stark contrast to Artrooms, where each artist exhibited their works in a hotel room, Rosalind was also invited, through a stringent selection process, to exhibit at the Tokyo International Art Fair. With funding support from artsACT, Rosalind was able to attend, which offered an opportunity for face to face meetings with leading international galleries, collectors and artists. She gained international exposure of her art practice and developed networks for future artistic endeavours.
The Fair was an education in art markets on an international stage, where different countries have varied approaches. The vast volume of attendees and the fast paced environment offered a commercial perspective for artists, rather than the conceptual context of the gallery space. While acknowledging Tokyo was a valuable experience, Rosalind prefers to show in a gallery space where the audience has time and space to contemplate the works.
Image: Tokyo International Art Fair
Rosalind has received artsACT project funding for 2017.Getting back to the gallery space, Rosalind is exhibiting in an upcoming group show at Casula Powerhouse in Sydney called Contemporary Still Life. She speaks passionately of her love of still life work and excitement about being exhibited alongside high calibre artists such as Ricky Swallow and Michael Zavros. Back in Canberra, she is putting the finishing touches on her piece Carp Diem, which appeared in the Contour 556 arts festival, and has been purchased by the Canberra Airport Group.
Juggling paid work, art and family life is a story familiar to many artists, however, there is no doubt Rosalind will keep the balls in the air and continue producing her unique, inspired sculptures. On discussing the importance of art and perseverance she says, “You’ve got to do it, to feel human”.
Image: Rosalind Lemoh with her sculptures at the Tokyo International Art Fair