Dr Melanie Rose explores landscape and place through painting, she is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds Arts and Humanities Institute (LAHRI), after successfully completing a practice-led PhD. Prior education includes, MA Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Trent Polytechnic and Foundation Winchester School of Art. Melanie is a member of LAND2, a national network of artist/researchers with an interest in place-oriented art. She has exhibited widely and has work in both private and public collections.
I am a painter currently investigating the New Forest National Park landscape as part of my postdoctoral research having studied the South Downs National Park for my PhD (my thesis can be found in the West Dean library under Melanie Rose Tugwell or online. Themes include folklore, geo-mythology, and ecology as well as cultural trends, access, and artistic movements.
All of my work is about the landscape and the figure, whether it is to do with the ghosts of those who have walked in the landscape or who are buried beneath, each painting is as much about looking forwards as it is backwards through time and space including uncanny connections and circular associations.
Working with and making materials sympathetic to the landscape, including chalk-gesso, egg tempera and oak gall ink are an important aspect of my work. Being mindful of what I use is inspirational whether it is a chalk ground for painting or drawing ancient oaks in oak-gall ink, signifies a sense of place.