ROWAN MACE"My work is about colour, spontaneity, the intrinsic quality of materials, simplicity, sensuality, light and the immediacy of touch and its impact. I experiment with found pieces of wood, off-cuts that have been managed in some way and then discarded. The alteration in the wood has to be subtle and I like to use paint simply. How and where the work is placed and how pieces relate to each other is important. I have been working in quite a restricted environment and this has influenced the scale of the work and how it describes intimacy and sometimes domesticity. I decided to embrace this as this has been my recent experience and describes something important to me. I am interested in our attempts at perfection and how when we fail or show the process of our efforts these details create something much more beautiful and engaging. Composition and design are also important, noticing how materials work together but always aware that the best things happen when I am not working with ideas but responding to intuition and being fully engaged moment to moment."
As part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2016, Rowan exhibited at:
HUMAN SHAPED. Group show at Sculpture and Design
BUST OUT. Group show at Lillie Art Gallery
Nominated for the Bryan Robertson Trust Award 2016