Lizzy Rose

Lizzy Rose (b. 1988) is a British artist who lives and works in Margate. Her work explores community, British identity and hidden culture. She has a severe form of Crohns disease.  She studied at Central Saint Martins' School of Art and Design. Lizzy Rose was part of artist-led space, LIMBO arts in Margate from 2012-15 and now is part of the programming team at CRATE, an artist-led studio space and project space in Margate, Kent.

  • 2016 Lizzy Rose

    the meaning of the wild, black and white photograph 35mm

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    Prefab archive, 2006, black and white photograph

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    chronicillness is a compedium of popular memes from the category #chronicillness

Lizzy Rose's practice is diverse spanning video, photography, ceramics, drawing, writing and curation. Her work broadly explores community, landscape, British identity and hidden culture. Rose has a severe form of Crohns disease which restricts her daily life. The impact this had on her life was not great until she left university. She has been in and out of hospital since then. Between 2013-14, Rose spent over 24 weeks in hospital. The work that Rose makes exploring British identity and landscape is now colliding with newer work about the community of people with chronic illnesses. Rose is interested to see where this will go and I would like the opportunity to explore it further.

Rose's work is often about identity, having a fascination with amateurism and folk. Her work often explores niche pastimes, such as going to boot fairs, flower arranging classes, looking at church ruins. Sentimentality is a constant concern for Rose. The work Rose makes is often to a degree collaborative, involving the community around her to form maps of their existence and her interaction with them.

Rose works with analogue technologies to play with the viewers perception of time.

Sound is a very evocative medium and Rose is influenced by artists who work innovatively with sound such as Andrew Kotting who uses a multilayered approach with music, found sound clips and voice all mixed together, or artists such as Simon Pope who use sound to take the listener on a journey.

Curation and research are an important part of Rose's practice. She was Assitant Curator at artist-led space, LIMBO arts in Margate from 2012-15 and is am now  part of the programming team at CRATE, an artist-led studio space and project space in Margate, Kent. Last year Rose curated a film screening as part of Margate Tribes Festival


A mixture of vox pop interviews and seeming real-time recordings mixed together to create a coherent narrative.



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This exhibition first appeared at Crate Gallery 17 March - 2 April 2017 A layer of living moss forms an indoor landscape in Lizzy Rose’s new audio-visual installation at Crate. Incorporating video, sound, hand-made objects and manipulated plant-life, the work explores landscape, form, nostalgia and the pursuit of knowledge between cultures. Lizzy Rose visited Japan in 2016 to research a form of floristry called Ikebana which has been practiced for over 600 years. Rose's interest lies in the hidden culture surrounding this art form, which she examines by drawing parallels between The Art of Flower Arranging, a book produced in the 1950's, and the classes held today in Tokyo by the Ohara School of Ikebana for International students. The Art of Flower Arranging by Ishimoto is a instructional guide on how to use the simplified principles of Ikebana to decorate your home. Ishimoto encourages the user to observe nature and landscape. Pure Ikebana is more precise, combining geometry and natural forms; the wildness of nature meeting rational aesthetics. By replicating landscape it aims to create a transformative space that evokes the sublime, which is described as a kind of spirituality, or sacred place. 

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Alongside the exhibition, a workshop where members of the public can create an arrangement from nature can also be delivered. The exhibition was originally funded by the Arts Council, The Great Britain Saskawa Foundation and Crate.