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Prof Rona Lee

Professor of Fine Art

Department: Arts

An artist and specialist in critically engaged fine art practices, I work in an eclectic and 'expanded' manner, combining different media - performance, photography, sculpture and video - with techniques and technologies 'borrowed' from a range of other disciplines / spheres.

An artist and specialist in critically engaged fine art practices, I work in an eclectic and 'expanded' manner, combining different media - performance, photography, sculpture and video - with techniques and technologies 'borrowed' from a range of other disciplines / spheres. Operating across gallery and non-gallery settings my practice is process based and research led, often involving extended periods of 'situated' engagement / intervention in response to differing thematic concerns and contexts.

I am interested in the ways in which art making might operate as means of engendering dialogue with and amongst different audiences and communities of interest, both specialist and amateur, prompting reflection on existing ways of thinking and doing, while simultaneously pointing towards new models of understanding / relating.
 
Rooted in feminist, performative and conceptual practices, questions of subjectivity and alteriety form continuing concerns with my work. I was born by the sea and a number projects have adopted water as an investigative locus, paralleling a wider set of interests in the fluid / volatile as a philosophical, cultural and material category. I recently completed a major body of work That Oceanic Feeling the initial research for which was conducted at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, working alongside geo scientists involved in mapping the deepest, least known and most active parts of the earth's surface, the deep sea bed; probing questions of representation, desire and the nature of the scientific gaze.

Rona Lee

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Qualifications

PhD Fine Art Practice (by publication) Oxford Brookes University;

MA Fine Art and Performance (inter and cross-disciplinary, theoretical studies) Wimbledon School of Art;

PG Dip Performance Design / Direction, University of Wales, Cardiff;

BA Hons English/ Drama Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Critically Engaged Fine Art Practices 
  • Inter and Cross-Disciplinary Practice  (in particular as related to cross overs between Contemporary Fine Art and Physical Geography)
  • Geo Philosophy / Poetics 
  • Relational and Situated Art Practices
  • Performance/Live Art 
  • Landscape and Representation
  • Land Art
  • Feminist Art Practices 
  • Practice Led Fine Art research

Current/Recent Projects

Current Abstract Geology  / to fall is to understand the universe (working title) supported by Artist in Residence scheme, KINOKINO Centre for Art and Film, Sandnes City Council and Rogaland County Council, Norway, Spring 2014

2010-12 That Oceanic Feeling (Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts)

2008-10 Truthing Gap (Leverhulme Trust Funded Artist's Research Residency, National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

Key Publications

Forthcoming 2014

In press - Book Chapter: 'Envisaging the Deep: imagining a relational geography of the uninhabitable' in (2014) Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation. Farnham: Ashgate.

Group Exhibition: The Power of the Sea, Royal West of England Academy

2012
1) Solo Exhibition: That Oceanic Feeling John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

2) Essay:  'That Oceanic Feeling' in (2012) That Oceanic Feeling. Southampton: John Hansard Gallery. ISBN:085432948X

2011
3) Peer Reviewed Journal Article: (2011) 'Truthing Gap: imagining a relational geography of the uninhabitable': Architectural Research Quarterly, volume 15, issue 03. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1359135511000716

2010
4) Artefact: Calenture I / II video - Land Use Poetics, Museum of Sketches - Archives of Public Art, Lund University

5) Essay: (2011) 'Entering the Field' in Land Use Poetics, Lund: Swedish University of Agricultural Science. ISBN: 978-91-576-9011-1

2008 - 10
6) Situated interventions, screenings and exhibition: Truthing Gap - National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

Further Information

www.ronalee.org

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