about the artist
Rose Rigley is a mixed media artist, visual storyteller and arts educator based in Cairns, far north Queensland. Her practice focuses on the human condition with a particular emphasis on memory and finding a narrative in the ordinary and mundane. Utilising sculptural assemblage, mixed media and artist books, Rigley seeks to find the universal in the personal.
Co-founding artist-run-initiative Knock Knock in 2010, Rigley established a program of curated exhibitions and community engagement events aimed at creating a dialogue about contemporary practice in the region. She currently teaches Visual Art at TAFE North, (Cairns Campus), and was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart Grant in 2014/15. In 2015, Rigley won the Queensland Regional Arts Awards Wayne Kratzmann $10,000 Acquisitive Prize and obtained a Regional Arts Development Fund Grant to undertake her recent exhibition project, 'Canines of Cairns'.
Notable solo exhibitions include: Letters to my Father, installation based exploration of the fragility of memory, human mortality and the mundane moments that form the composite of life (2014, Cairns Regional Gallery); Studies for the Mattress Account, mixed media works questioning resurfacing memories and true knowledge of the people we sleep beside (2013, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns); Nest, experimental sculptural forms reflecting the universal experience of creating a place of safety, security and nurture – the family home – and the fragility and temporal nature of this habitat (2012, c1907 Contemporary Artspace, Cairns).