about the artist
Originally from Brisbane, Rose Rigley is a Cairns-based artist and arts worker. Her current practice focuses on memory and longing, specifically, the influence that remedial interpretations of the past have on the present, and how specific items translate the memories of what is often indefinable – interpersonal connection. Rigley utilizes installation, mixed media and book-based sculptural assemblage to consider how human absence might be held in the fabric of everyday existence and felt in the fullness of commonplace objects.
After graduating with a Diploma of Visual Arts in 2011, Rigley went on to study at the Centre of Book Arts, New York and undertook mentorships with West End Studio (Brisbane) under Adele Outteridge, Baldessin Press (St Andrews, Vic) under Silvi Glattauer and Editions Tremblay (Cairns) under Theo Tremblay. She has produced numerous solo exhibitions including The Space Between Words, Letters to my Father, Studies for the Mattress Account and Nest and has exhibited on a local, national and international level. Rigley completed her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) through Curtin University in 2018.
Co-founding artist-run-initiative Knock Knock in 2010, Rigley established a program of curated exhibitions and community engagement events and has been an active member of Inkmasters Cairns since 2012. She was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant in 2014/15, won the 2015 Queensland Regional Arts Awards Wayne Kratzmann Acquisitive Prize for $10,000. and obtained a Regional Arts Development Fund Grant to undertake one of her recent exhibitions and community arts project, Canines of Cairns. Rigley teaches printmaking, art history and practical theory in the Visual Art Department at TAFE North, (Cairns Campus).