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Rosie Musgrave - Stone Carver Rosie Musgrave - Stone Carver Rosie Musgrave - Stone Carver Rosie Musgrave - Stone Carver

Rosie Musgrave carved her first piece of stone in her early 20s. She was apprenticed variously with sculptors and then studied figurative sculpture in clay, wood and stone at Sir John Cass and City & Guilds Art Schools in London.

With her young family she ran a smallholding in Cornwall and on moving to Devon worked in complementary health. Her practice as a somatic therapist together with an early training as a physiotherapist and her employment at the Social Care Unit in the crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, have informed her work.

The quality of form, the surface tension between form and space, light and shadow and the sense of touch and of relationship are all important to her.

In the last ten years she has returned to full-time stone carving and lives and works on Dartmoor in Devon.

"Many of my earliest memories are of being amongst mountains and rocks, of collecting stones in my pockets. I have always been drawn to the beauty and presence of this ancient material that has helped to shape our landscape. Much of the limestone that I carve was laid down in the Jurassic age, at least 140 million years ago.
I cut stone mostly by hand with hammers, chisels, rasps and abrasives, exploring ways to honour its innate sense of gravity and stillness while still expressing energy and movement within the carved form. It is often only when a piece is nearly finished that its sensuality is revealed: the stone unveils its secrets with shell forms, veins of colour fossilised within the substance of time.
I carve stone as an invitation to touch. I believe that the relevance of touch-stones is increasingly important in this visual age. Exploring their changing temperatures, textures, forms and spaces not only offers new landscapes of discovery but also a sense of being an infinitesimally small part of a much greater whole."


SOME RECENT EXHIBITIONS

Coughton Court Gardens  Warwickshire

In the grounds of Buckfast Abbey, Devon

The Garden Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Petworth, Sussex

'On Form 2010' Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Shropshire

Devon Open Studios

St. Wilfrid's Hospice 2009 Open Art Competition Pallant House, Chichester, Sussex

Fresh Air 2009 Quenington, Glos.

2009 Brighton Art Fair

Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon

Millstream 2007/8 Sculpture Garden, Bishopstrow, Wiltshire

Delamore House Cornwood, Devon – Early Summer Exhibition

The Gallery, Dartington Campus with SouthWest Sculptors

The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol – Open Sculpture Exhibition

Quartz Arts Festival Queen's College, Taunton, Somerset

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne

Beaford Arts – Art at the Red House, Exeter, Devon

BlindArt Exhibition 2005 Sense and Sensuality at the Royal College of Art, London

Brian Bearne Memorial prize 2002: South West Academy Open Exhibition

RECENT PROJECTS

  1. 2011: Public Commission & installation of sculpture, Leechwell Garden, Totnes, Devon
  2. 2008: installation of 'Tsunami Noni' into the gardens of Coughton Court, Warwickshire
  3. 2007-2008: 'The Three Gunas' triptych: Sharpham House, Ashprington, Devon, a submission for the ACE Award for Art in a Religious Context.
  4. 2006-2007: 'Tsunami Noni' on Tour: Cartmel Priory, Hexham Abbey, Exeter, Leicester Lincoln and Canterbury Cathedrals.
  5. 2006: 'Emergence': Dartington Estate, Devon, as part of 'Arts in Process', Dartington College of Art

Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors

AWARDS

One of 20 Devon artists selected to promote Visual Arts and Rural Businesses in the region 2007

Devon Artsculture Funding 2007:

South West Academy Summer Open Exhibition Briane Bearne Memorial prize 2002

BIBLIOGRAPHY

'Floating this Boat of Stone': a colloquy on the making of Tsunami Noni, edited by
Philip Kuhn, Itinerant Press 2008

BBC Radio Devon: 'The Review' with Jo Loosemore;
'A conversation between two sculptors' 2008

Articles in the Devon Press; BBC news, BBC Radio Devon; Church Times


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