Rosanne Robertson was born in Sunderland in 1984 and is currently based in West Cornwall. Their practice spans sculpture, performance and drawing to explore the boundaries of the human body and its environment. Robertson’s body of work titled Stone (Butch) was exhibited as a contemporary intervention within the display of work by Barbara Hepworth at The Hepworth Wakefield and in group exhibition Associated Matter at Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. Their public sculpture We Built Ships (2020) has been commissioned by Sunderland Council as a legacy to the 700 women who worked in Sunderland’s shipyards. Their work has been included in reviews and articles in Elephant, Wallpaper and The Financial Times. Robertson’s exploration of the Queer body in the landscape meditates on the act of connecting characteristics from nature with our gender expressions and sexualities.
“One could argue that Hepworth’s desire to merge with the curves of the natural world is a typically feminine contrast to Smith’s masculine will to bend metal into his own intransigent lines. But a more subtle and exhilarating notion of gender and landscape is elaborated through the art of Rosanne Robertson.” – Rachel Spence, Financial Times.