Horizon Line, All Mine, Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway

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Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway

About the artist:

Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway is a visual artist based in London, working in digital photography, text, video and performance. Rosaleigh recently graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, with a first class degree in Painting.

Rosaleigh’s practice is concerned with corporeal existence and our relationship to the space around us, reflected in the physical performative nature of her work and direct address of the abstract surreal reality of inhabiting a body. She playfully deals with the notion of seduction through her cyclical references to the medium in which she is working, and acknowledgement of the viewer within her works. Rosaleigh has exhibited work internationally, and has recently worked as an artist in residence at Artscape, Toronto.

About the work:

‘Horizon Line, All Mine’

Compiled of performance based photographic work and free verse, ‘Horizon Line All Mine’ was created in response to the human experience of inhabiting landscape, or large expanses of natural space. The book reflects the cyclical dialogues which occur between the body and the space that surrounds us, and is informed by direct sensory experience. The language used therefore has a highly visceral quality, utililising basic structures of rhyme and alliteration to provoke an awareness of the physicality of langaue in relation to the body. The medium of the tactile book, produced on a typewriter, is also acknowledged in order to heighten such an awareness, and gently provoke questions regarding the relationship between reader and object. Furthermore, the language is surreal in nature, and at times both awkward and playful, ultimately reflective of the bizarre nature of inhabiting and navigating a body.

The work rests upon the presence of the horizon, the intangible line which holds us in place, eliciting both a distance and closeness within us in relation to space, asking questions of subjectivity and objectivity. These questions manifest themselves within the book in a physical and almost sexualised lust for space, indicative of a forever unsatisfied desire to experience the entirety of a landscape. This futile longing is demonstrated through language and images in which the body attempts to become the landscape, be absorbed within in it, submerged in water, sinking into earth, all of which is in a minor way, demonstrative of the precarity and surreal uneasiness of human existence.

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