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Rose Rigley

About the artist

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Originally from Brisbane, Rose Rigley is a Cairns-based artist and arts educator. Her current practice focuses on memory, specifically its influence on the present with remedial interpretations of the past that challenge the role of commonplace objects and interpersonal connections.

Rose utilizes installation, mixed media and sculptural assemblage in a liminal search for beauty through the fragility of ordinary life, while seeking to find the universal in the personal. Rigley has exhibited on a local, national and international level and is part of the Visual Art team at TAFE Queensland, (Cairns campus).

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 completed her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) through Curtin University (Perth, WA) in 2018. Rigley was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant in 2014/15, won the 2015 QRAA Wayne Kratzmann Acquisitive Prize for $10,000, won the 2019 QRAA Art for Life Prize of $10,000 and has obtained two Regional Arts Development Fund Grants to undertake exhibitions and community arts project in and around FNQ.


Underdogs I-XII (Top and Tails), 2019
Mixed media (12 works) 

Underdogs I-XII (Tops and Tails) is a playful, yet heartfelt, investigation into the secret life of our canine companions. Whether purebred or of indeterminate linage, ‘man’s best friend’ has established for themselves a social niche within human society. Most importantly, these works highlight each dog’s ability to find unexpected pleasure in the moment and revel in simply being alive.

"I am interested in the inextricable link that exists between past experiences and animals from childhood and the present individual".

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