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b. 1967, United Kingdom

Caroline Rothwell Biography

Caroline Rothwell's artworks explore the effects of human intervention on nature, often delving into ideas surrounding consumption and the legacy of colonisation.

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Caroline Rothwell's Hybrid forms

Whether as drawings, paintings, or sculptures, Caroline Rothwell often combines flora, fauna and human figures to create hybrid forms. In the bronze sculpture Transmutation (2010), for example, its skeletal human body has an oval frame for its head, decorated by branch-like extensions and a bird that sits atop. Vault (2020), an acrylic painting that received the Sir John Sulman Prize 2020, draws on the 19th century Wunderkammer or cabinet of curiosities—a collection of exotic specimens and artefacts—to examine the West's disconnection from nature and traditional knowledge.

Plants, which feature prominently in Caroline Rothwell's hybrid sculptures, are a 'way of trying to understand place', as she told Ocula Magazine in 2021. In Flow (2013), a wall-mounted 'painting' made from a finely cut piece of structural PVC, architectural structures and various plant forms merge to form a dense portrait of nature. In 2021, Rothwell collaborated with Google Creative Lab to create the multi-channel projection and accompanying app Infinite Herbarium, which creates hybrid plants out of photographs taken by its users.

Geoengineering

Rothwell's exploration of the evolving relationship between human action and nature also engages with ideas of geoengineering, which attempts to counteract climate change by manipulating the earth's climate system. Participating in the Adelaide Biennial in 2014, Rothwell presented such works as Climate Machine—a table-top device evocative of cloud seeding machines, devices used to generate precipitation—and PVC paintings that combine imagery of climate technology, clouds, weeds, and architecture. In that same year, Rothwell's solo exhibition Weather Maker at Sydney's Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery also presented the artist's version of geoengineering with a focus on weather modification technology.

Caroline Rothwell Public Sculptures

Rothwell has completed a number of works for public spaces. Dispersed (2009), installed at the Economist Plaza in London and sponsored by the Contemporary Art Society and the Economist Group, consists of bronze Tygers—imaginary animals based on the now-extinct Tasmanian tigers—and PVC paintings featuring hybrid flowers. The 6-metre tall Composer (2016), conceived for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, depicts a pinwheel with a small female form attached to its rod. Modeled after Rothwell's daughter, the figure serves as a weathervane—hence the title 'Composer'.

Caroline Rothwell Exhibitions

Caroline Rothwell's exhibitions include: Corpus, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2021); Splice, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2019); Ex Situ, VerghisArt, London (2018); Turbulence, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (2016); Urpflanze Street Plants, Museum of Economy Botany, Adelaide (2014); The Pulse of Time (with Chiharu Shiota), Future Perfect, Singapore (2013); Blowback, Artspace, Sydney, and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (2008).

Caroline Rothwell has participated in numerous group exhibitions including: The National, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2021); Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2019); _Femmag_e, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2019); Make Known: The Exquisite Order of Infinite Variation, UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2018); Antipodes Cut Apart, Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, U.K. (2016); Tipping Points, Gallery Bergen, New Jersey (2016); Australia, Contemporary Voices, Fine Art Society, London (2013).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2021

Exhibition view: Caroline Rothwell, Corpus, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (20 March-18 April 2021). Courtesy Yavuz Gallery. 

Caroline Rothwell Featured Artworks

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Paradise Bird with Compass by Caroline Rothwell contemporary artwork
Caroline RothwellParadise Bird with Compass, 2020Canvas, hydrostone, paint, epoxy glass, mixed media on chair
147 x 42 x 80 cm
Yavuz Gallery Contact Gallery
Paradise Bird with Windometer by Caroline Rothwell contemporary artwork
Caroline RothwellParadise Bird with Windometer, 2020Canvas, hydrostone, paint, epoxy glass, mixed media on chair
147 x 53 x 44 cm
Yavuz Gallery Contact Gallery
Arrangement for The Galapagos (Gymnogramma chaerophylla, after Darwin) by Caroline Rothwell contemporary artwork
Caroline RothwellArrangement for The Galapagos (Gymnogramma chaerophylla, after Darwin), 2018Belgian linen, graphite, copper, hydrostone, gesso
107 x 107 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Arrangement for The Galapagos (Sicyos villas, extinct, after Darwin) by Caroline Rothwell contemporary artwork
Caroline RothwellArrangement for The Galapagos (Sicyos villas, extinct, after Darwin), 2018Belgian linen, PVC, 23 carat gold, hydrostone, gesso, nylon eyelashes, mixed media
107 x 107 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Arrangement for Vavilov (Triticum vulgare) by Caroline Rothwell contemporary artwork
Caroline RothwellArrangement for Vavilov (Triticum vulgare), 2018Belgian linen, PVC, 23 carat gold, hydrostone, gesso, mixed media
107 x 107 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Blue by Caroline Rothwell contemporary artwork
Caroline RothwellBlue, 2017Hydrostone, aluminium, bronze, Britannia metal, canvas, paint
210 x 32 x 30 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
Tree by Caroline Rothwell contemporary artwork
Caroline RothwellTree, 2013Britannia metal
72.5 x 52 x 40 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
Equilibrium by Caroline Rothwell contemporary artwork
Caroline RothwellEquilibrium, 2016Britannia metal, stainless steel, glass, water, rope, rock
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery

Caroline Rothwell Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Caroline Rothwell, Corpus at Yavuz Gallery, Singapore
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20 March–18 April 2021 Caroline Rothwell Corpus Yavuz GallerySingapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Caroline Rothwell, Arrangements at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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16 June–8 July 2020 Caroline Rothwell Arrangements Roslyn Oxley9 GallerySydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Faraway, So Close! at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Online Only, Sydney
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6–29 May 2020 Group Show Faraway, So Close! Roslyn Oxley9 GalleryOnline Only

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Caroline Rothwell In Ocula Magazine

Caroline Rothwell: Follies of Industrialisation Ocula Conversation Caroline Rothwell: Follies of Industrialisation By Tessa Moldan, Singapore

Caroline Rothwell investigates the relationships between humanity, the botanical, and the industrial.

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A guide to Sydney Art Week Ocula Feature A guide to Sydney Art Week By Jane O'Sullivan, Sydney

There’s no question, art fairs these days attract a lot of focus. But it’s also fascinating the way they can ignite a city and become a focal point for all sorts of art activity. This week, Sydney Contemporary presents work from over 90 Australian and international galleries at Carriageworks in the inner city. Fair director Barry...

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Caroline Rothwell In Related Press

'Micro-forest' of endangered species takes over city laneway Related Press 'Micro-forest' of endangered species takes over city laneway 1 January 2021, The Sydney Morning Herald

Four artists have been granted up to $50,000 to create artworks to enliven people's experience of the CBD during the Sydney Festival and in time for the post-lockdown return of workers.

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Five to see this weekend Related Press Five to see this weekend 15 August 2016, Aesthetica Magazine

We celebrate the middle of August with a collection of unique and thought-provoking shows. In Melbourne, Tolarno Galleries and artist Caroline Rothwell offer a refreshing approach to that most enduring of questions: what is the relationship between nature and man? In a similar vein, Mongolian artist Xiao Yu considers the same topic, turning his...

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Caroline Rothwell's sculpture composes the weather at the MCA Related Press Caroline Rothwell's sculpture composes the weather at the MCA 24 May 2016, The Sydney Morning Herald

She stands in George Street in the city wearing a hoodie and cartwheels along the banks of the Parramatta River in Rhodes. But Caroline Rothwell's 12-year-old daughter Sylvia will soon claim even more valuable real estate with the unveiling of her mother's sculpture Composer later this year. The six-metre high sculpture of a...

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