“I want to make artwork that magnifies elements of contemporary life which seem absurd to me. I try to look at the world as though I were an alien visitor, attempting to conform to the behavior expected from citizens, but not quite managing. I unravel things which chime strangely for this unearthly anthropologist and draw illogical conclusions. These observations are often focused on gender performativity, sexual politics, consumerist culture and their overlaps.
This repeatedly manifests through the misuse of objects and garments in my performances and videos. These are often re-purposed for ‘chain reactions’ which achieve simple tasks in overly-complicated ways. Many of these interactions also have sexual connotations and I often exhaust the euphemistic qualities of my object-collaborators. Interested by the way that (young, cis) female bodies are often the landscape on which desire for commodities are constructed, I approach my work as perverse product demonstrations or adverts; taking the term ‘sex sells’ too literally.”
— Rosie Gibbens
Rosie lives and works in London. She graduated with an MA in Contemporary Art Practice from Royal College of Art in 2018, having previously completed her BA in Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins (2015). Recent exhibitions and projects include: Antisocial Isolation (Group Exhibition) at Saatchi Gallery w. Delphian Gallery (London, 2020), Visions at the Nunnery (Group Exhibition) at Bow Arts (London, 2020), Ridiculous (Group Exhibition, curated by Paul Carey Kent) at Elephant West, (London, 2020), Moving Pictures (Group Exhibition) at Latrobe Regional Gallery (Australia, 2020), Bloomberg New Contemporaries (Group Exhibition) at South London Gallery (London, 2019).