Rossella Emanuele is an artist, a lecturer and a researcher. Born in Italy, she lives and works between the UK and Italy. She studied sculpture at Chelsea College of Arts (BA, MA 2001-2005) and is an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Currently she is undertaking a practice based PhD at the University for the Creative Arts (2014 -2019).
Shifting between material form and experimentation with media Emanuele’s practice negotiates relationships between body, site, time and event. Central to the work is the interplay between drawing, sculpture and time-based media. Wrestling between the visual and the experiential, the work is driven by a performative approach to materiality and uses process as a speculative tool to break down the limits of mediums and privilege the immanence of the act of making over the notion of the permanent object.
Through the use of materials that highlight ideas of impermanence, Emanuele explores the relationship between the ever-changing nature of life and the inner world of the subject. The tenuous balance between chaos and order and a reference to the body underpin much of the work. This has manifested itself as an interest in the pivotal moment when objects disappear or dissolve, thus encouraging the dehiscence of the object, allowing entropy to become the strength of the work. Her most recent work has evolved to include collaborative and participatory 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.
Approaching dance via fine art Emanuele’s practice-based research investigates the intersections and the merging of these two disciplines; questioning the reasons that led to dance becoming a crucial referent for visual and performance-based art in the last decade. An earlier training and professional experience in dance and performing arts provides the phenomenological perspective from which to investigate the dancing body capacity to transform when confronted with the idea of generating form in the field of the visual arts; whether through object making in sculpture or image making in drawing and lens based practices. The aim is to reimagine the status of the object or the image as spatial-temporal events by applying the lens of dance or choreography to practices such as drawing, sculpture and bookwork, exploring the potentialities of dance, choreography and the dancing body to expand the understanding of these fields.
Selected recent projects include:
A History of Drawing at Camberwell Space curated by Kelly Chorpening January 2018, Where is the Body? The body and Materiality, UCA Research cluster launch event, July 2017; Whitenoise bookwork, funded by UCA, published by Marmalade visual theory distributed by Central Books; book launch at RIBA bookshop, London, June 2017; WhiteNoise bookwork with the BookRoom at Arnolfini for BABE – Bristol Artists’ Book Event; Somatic Shifts: the body and beyond in creative and critical research, symposium and exhibition at Zandra Rhodes Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester Campus; Drawing Outlines no 2, Live Performance at Fabrica Gallery for Draw to Perform 4, Brighton (UK); Formations, Copeland Gallery, commissioned by Peckham Platform for Peckham Festival, Museum of Invisible Art Yale University Radio (USA), 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 at the Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD), an Arts Council England and UCA funded collaborative residency and exhibition; Redeeming the Everyday residency and master class at YARAT Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan, ALL- art:language:location Cambridge; Space Interrupted, Electro Project Space, Hastings, Coastal Currents commission curated by Clare Sheppard; ACTS RE-ACTS 1, Wimbledon Space, London; DRAW 2014, Symposium and exhibitions at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA.
dAnCing LinEs a research project that investigates how the practice of drawing sets itself in dialogue with a performative mode of practice such as dance. Data visualisation Piero Zagami and David Hunter from Ravensbourne University. Performances dates TBC.
SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS *(indicates catalogue)
2017 Drawing Outlines no 2 – Where do I end and you Begin? Live Performance for Draw to Perform 4 at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton (UK)
2016 Formations a participatory performative drawing project Copeland Gallery, commissioned by Peckham Platform for Peckham Festival, (UK)
2015* WhiteNoise, residency and two person exhibition at the Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD) project funded by ACE, research and development grant Arts Council England and UCA, (UK)
2013 Solo Show at Casole d’Elsa Contemporary Art Centre, Chiostro Collegiata, Siena, (IT)
2010 Articulating Change, Solo Show at Stone Squid, Experimental Art Space, Hastings, East Sussex, curated by Tim Riley & Georgia Elizey (UK)
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS *(indicates catalogue)
2018 Enshrine exhibition, 21 & 22nd July 2018, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Parish Church, London, (UK)
2018 A History of Drawing at Camberwell Space, an exhibition that charts the history of teaching and making of drawing at Camberwell College of Arts curated by Kelly Chorpening (UK)
2017 Whitenoise bookwork featured with the Bookroom at Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London, November 2017
2017 Somatic Shifts: the body and beyond in creative and critical research, symposium and exhibition at Zandra Rhodes Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester Campus (UK)
2016 Immateriality: Possibilities and Experiences, Herbert Read Gallery UCA, Canterbury, (UK)
2015 Drawing/Drawn Conversations exhibition and symposium, Visual Arts Research Hub, School of Art and Design, Coventry University, (UK)
2014 ALL, art:language:location, Cambridge, (UK)
2014 Space Interrupted, Electro Project Space commission, Hastings, curated by Clare Sheppard, (UK)
2014 ACTS RE-ACTS, exhibition on Fine Art and Performance, Wimbledon Space, London, (UK)
2014 Exhibition and symposium On Drawing, at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, (USA)
2012* W.ART 2012 – AWARD FOR ART, Winner of Photography and New Media section. Exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, (IT)
2012 Meliterraneo Festa Arte at Chiostro Collegiata, Casole d’Elsa, Siena, (IT)
2012* Ortographie, Provini fotografici d’autore, Res Nova, Turin, (IT)
2010* W.A.V.E. 2010, Borders and Edges, Wimbledon Space, London, (UK)
2009* Uncharted Stories, The Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, UAL, London, (UK)
2009 Buddha Mind, Creative Mind? Symposium and Exhibition, organised by The Institute of Oriental Philosophy, Taplow Court, Berkshire, (UK)
2008 AA2A Final Show, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, (UK)
2007 Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair, October 2007; Sculpture, Painting and Time Based Media, the Candid Arts Trust, London, (UK)
2007 Working Together, Surface Gallery, curated by Claire Sterland, Nottingham, (UK)
2007* Florence Trust 2007, Summer Show. London, (UK)
2007 Arts Unwrapped Open Studios, Florence Trust, 2007. London, (UK)
2007 Florence Trust 07, Winter Exhibition of current artists in residence. London. (UK)
2006 N5 Show, Florence Trust Studios, Rollo Contemporary Art and Estorick Collection of Modern Art. London, (UK)
2005* Big makes me feel good, Chelsea College, curator Clare Goodwin. London, (UK)
2005 36 Craven Street, site-specific work for Benjamin Franklin House. London, (UK)
2004 A little flat in Kensington, curator Maria Walsh. London. (UK)
2002 Trinity Buoy Wharf Gallery. London, (UK)
2003 Trinity Buoy Wharf Gallery. London, (UK)
2002 Sculptors at Millbank, at the former Royal Army Hospital. London, (UK)
2001 Choose Life with the Charity SGI-UK, the Orangerie in Holland Park, London, (UK)
2018 Time & Space residency at Atina (Rome); final exhibition curated by Rekha Sameer (IT)
2018 Erasmus Staff Residency at Rotterdam University Willem de Kooning Academy, (NL)
2015 UCA research funding, for WhiteNoise publication (UK)
2015 Arts Council England (ACE) Research and Development Grant, for WhiteNoise residency and exhibition at the Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD), London, (UK)
2014 Scholarship award for practice based PhD at the University for the Creative Arts – UCA, (UK)
2014 art:language:location, residency and exhibition at Mill Lane Library in the Land Economy Department of the University of Cambridge, (UK)
2014 Redeeming the everyday, master-class and research project at YARAT Contemporary Art Organization, Baku, Azerbaijan, (AZ)
2014 ACTS RE-ACTS, Festival of Fine Art and Performance, Wimbledon Space, London (UK)
2012 Artist in residence in the scientific department for conservation and restoration La Venaria Reale, University of Turin, (IT)
2012 Winner W.ART 2012 – AWARD FOR ART – Photography and Media Section, Florence, (IT)
2012 Associate Membership Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, (UK)
2011 Tino Seghal, selected workshop, Tate Modern, London, (UK)
2009 Short-listed for Turin Photo Festival 2009, Turin, (IT)
2008 Residency at Assembly, St Just, Cornwall, artists led space set up by Abigail Reynolds and And Harper, (UK)
2007/08 Artist in Residence at University Campus Suffolk, AA2A program, (UK)
2007/08 Artquest Forum, peers critique group with FT07 artists, funded by University of the Arts London, (UK)
2006/07 Scholarship Award for Art and Design, Institute of Education, London, (UK)
2006/07 Artist in Residence on The Florence Trust Studio Award Scheme, London, (UK)
2003 Short-listed for the Wandle river cycling path, Public Art project with Chelsea College of Art, Sustran Charity, London, (UK)
WhiteNoise, published by Marmalade Visual Theory, distributed by Central Books, text by Joe Graham
Drawing/Drawn Conversations, digital publication, Coventry University
WhiteNoise review on Drawing Research Theory and Practice Intellect Journal, Ulster University, (UK)
Catalogue W.ART 2012
Ortographie, Provini d’autore, Exhibition Catalogue.
W.A.V.E. 2010, Borders and Edges, Exhibition Catalogue.
Florence Trust, 2007, Catalogue. Texts by Kathy Battista, Director Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Gutter Dreams, 2005, Chelsea College of Art, texts by Lisa Le Feuvre current Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, John Cussans and Shelagh Cluett, former MA Course director (Chelsea College of Arts).
2017 Drawing Outlines no 2 – Where do I end and you Begin? Live Performance at Draw to Perform 4, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton (UK)
2001/03 Fragments and Monuments, in Di Midsummer Night Party, directed by Anna Birch. For the Clissold Festival at Clissold House, Stoke Newington, London, (UK)
1993/95 Grigio Respiro with the contemporary Dance company Fuori Scena. Turin, (IT)
1992 Scintille, directed by Rossella Emanuele and Anna Redi. Bologna and Turin, (IT)
1988/92 Performed for the artist Vector Pisani, texts by Mimma Bruno. Rome, (IT)
1985/93 Visual theatre and Dance companies:
Le desir pris per la queue by P. Picasso with Falso Movimento, directed by Mario Martone. Winner of Youth Section, Venice Biennale, 1992, Naples, (IT)
Wuthering heights by Emily Bronte with Il Teatro, directed by Laura Angiulli, Naples, (IT)
Circus by Angiulli with Il Teatro. Naples, (IT)
Zar Saltan by Rimskij Korsakov, production directed by Luca Ronconi. Teatro Valli, Reggio Emilia; (IT)
Belle Epoque directed by V. Castagneto. (Radio programme, RAI); (IT)
1994/95 Theatre du Soleil directed by Ariane Mouchkine, (FR)
1993 Claudio Morganti, (experimental theatre), (IT)
1993 Leo De Berardinis, (experimental theatre), (IT)
1992 Pina Baush, (contemporary dance), (DE)
1992 Giorgio Barberio Corsetti Company, (visual theatre), (IT)
1991 Sosta Palmizi (dance company) with Raffaella Giordano and Roberto Castello, (Carolyn Carlson and Merce Cunningham training), (IT)
2017 Where is the Body? The body and Materiality, UCA Research cluster launch event, (UK)
2017 Whitenoise bookwork, published by Marmalade visual theory, book launch and panel discussion, (UK)
2016 Yale University Radio interview, (USA)
2016 Immateriality: Possibilities and Experiences, UCA – Canterbury, (UK)
2015 School of Film and Media Research Forum, UCA Farnham, (UK)
2012 Accademia di Belle Arti, Turin, (IT)
2010 Stone Squid, Experimental Art Space, Hastings, (UK)
2008 Research symposium at UCS, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, Suffolk, Ipswich, AA2A programme, (UK)
2007 The Florence Trust, London, (UK)
2006 Wimbledon College of Art, London, (UK)
2017 Gesture, Trace and Performance Conference, University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Canterbury (UK)
2017 Radical reThink, Institute of Contemporary Art ICA and UAL (UK)
2016 Performance and philosophy, Symposium presso il Centro di ricerca dell’ University of Surrey, Guilford, (UK)
2016 Delfina Foundation Performance as Process Stage 2, (UK)
2016 Training the Senses, Tim Ingold’ talk, The Knowing Body ‘The properties of materials are not attributes but histories’, Marres and Van Eyck online access, (NL)
2016 Whitechapel Gallery, Unlimited Action: Limits of Performance, London, (UK)
2016 Performing Feminism, Camberwell College of Art, UAL, Griselda Pollock, Director of Research, Professor of the Social & Critical Histories of Art, University of Leeds, Adrian Rifkin Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths and Nina Wakeford artist and reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, (UK)
2015 Symposium and exhibition Drawing/Drawn Conversations at Coventry University, Visual Arts Research Hub, School of Art and Design; paper on WhiteNoise, Coventry, (UK)
2014 On Mediated Experience: Transforming Performance, Tate Live, Tate Modern.
2014 Whispers, Ulay on Ulay in conversation with Tate curator Catherine Wood, ICA Culture Now.
2014 Symposium and exhibition DRAW2014, Why Draw now? International Symposium o at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (USA)
2011 Festival of Blackboards: London Fine Art Course Leader Panel Discussion. Q-Art London.
2011 Reflections on the Art School, Tate Britain, London, (UK)
2011 Capturing Process? Practice Research within the Creative Arts, Kingston University, London.
2009 Artists Making Places Conference, Art on Greenwich peninsula, London, (UK)
2009 Intimacy Symposium, across digital and visceral performance, Goldsmith College of Art, University of London, (UK)
2008 Endurance, Pioneers Series, VIVID, Birmingham, (UK)
2007 Research Symposium at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, AA2A programme, (UK)
2005 Neuro-Aesthetics Conference, Goldsmith College of Art, University of London, (UK)
2018 Erasmus Staff Residency at Rotterdam University Willem de Kooning Academy, September 2018
2017-ongoing Associate Lecturer (Artistic Communication & Professional Practice) English speaking course at Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, (IT)
2012-ongoing Visiting Practitioner on the BA Drawing at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London. (UK)
2007-ongoing Associate Lecturer (Sculpture and Drawing), CCW Progression Centre, Foundation in Art & Design, Former Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, (UK).
2013/15 0.6 Lecturer in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), teaching on the International Pathway Programmes, Graduate Diploma: Art & Design and Foundation in Art & Design, (UK).
2007/15 Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London, Summer Schools Program. (UK)
2012/13 DIAL Coordinator (Digital Integration into Arts Learning) at University of The Arts London. (UK)
2011/12 Visiting Lecturer on BTEC Level 3 Photography at Kingston College, School of Art & Design. (UK)
2010/11 Digital Media Technician at Wimbledon College of Art & Design, Foundation Studies, University of the Arts London, (UK).
2009/12 Working Men’s College, Visiting Tutor in Historical and Critical Studies, FdA Professional Practice in Art & Design, (UK).
2008 Artists’ open lecture series and Mentoring for Fine Art at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich (Undergraduate); AA2A residency programme, (UK).
2007/08 Visiting Lecturer for Foundation Studies, Art & Design Diploma, at Hammersmith & West London College, London, (UK).
2007 Associate Lecturer for Fine Arts at Wimbledon College of Art, School of Foundation, University of the Arts London; IoE Art and Design teacher training, (UK).
2006 Art Teacher at The Phoenix High School, Secondary School, London, IoE Art and Design teacher training, (UK).
2001/03 Lecturer at Hammersmith and Fulham Borough, London, (UK).
1988/01 Dance and Theatre workshops for Primary, Secondary Schools and Further Education, (IT and UK)
2006/07 Postgraduate Certificate in Art and Design, (PGCE – Secondary and Higher Education); Institute of Education, University of London, (UK)
2005 Master of Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, (UK)
2004 Bachelor of Fine Art, Sculpture, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, (UK)
1999 Foundation of Art and Design, BTEC, London, (UK)
1997 Proficiency in English; UCLES, London, (UK)
1990/94 Dance training, Mark De Beuys, from Opera de Paris, Turin, (IT)
1982/85 Drama School, Studio Fersen; Rome, (IT)
1975/82 Dance Academies: Loredana Furno and Susanna Egri, Turin, (IT)