Epha Roe

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Research interests

I am an artist, writer and researcher based in North Herefordshire, UK. My creative interests use photography to explore the relationship between humans and the natural world through a research-based practice. Inspired the by increased popularity in the concept of plant-intelligence, particularly in a world in which climate concern and anxiety is an ever increasing norm, I use traditional and alternative modes of photography to interrogate how humans conceptualise the plant-kingdom through mythological, scientific and cultural practices. 

This is specifically explored in my practice-based PhD project titled ‘Embarkment’ which attempts to develop a symbolic sense of collaboration with twelve ancient oak trees within England, inviting them into the process of their own imaging. By combining organic material within the printing process, my research examines how artistic practice can offer new ways of thinking around and engaging with plants rather than simply depicting them with a hands-off approach. 

My written work often uses queer experiences of gender and sexuality, through the use of poetry and short-form prose, to investigate human relationships, relationships to place and personal events.

Scholarly biography

Selected Exhibitions:


2020 North / South, a group exhibition with Bethan Clarke and 'The Landing Collective', a collaborative audiovisual exhibition as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe 2020, featuring assorted work exploring the interaction between human culture and the natural world, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

2020 Body / Nobody, a group exhibition and zine co-curated by New Grounds & Beth Troakes, as part of the Artists Open House Festival, featuring work-in-progress from PhD project 'The Living Tissue of Time' and 'Glitch[ed]' (collaboration with Bethan Clarke), Gallery Lock In, Brighton


2019 Homeland, a group exhibition and zine curated by Revolv Collective, featuring work from project 'Common Ground', Take Courage, London

2019 Faking it, a group exhibition featuring work from 'The Dawn and the Downs' and 'Glitch[ed]' (collaboration with Bethan Clarke), to take place alongside 'Faking it' academic conference, University of Sussex, Brighton

2019 Fake | Make, a group exhibition curated by New Grounds, in partnership with the Artists Open House Festival, featuring work from 'The Dawn and the Downs' and 'Glitch[ed]' (collaboration with Bethan Clarke), The Old Market, Brighton

2019 Aesthetic Initialisms, a group exhibition curated by Charlotte Graham featuring work-in-progress from 'Glitch[ed]', collaboration with Bethan Clarke, ONCA Gallery & the University of Sussex, Brighton


2018 Brighton Photo Fringe '18, group exhibition as part of Ontic Collective, selected images from 'The Dawn and The Downs', Phoenix Gallery, Brighton,              

2018 One Year Revolv, a group exhibition organised by RevolvCollective, including the image 'Out to Ftena', Safehouse 1, London

2018 scapes, a group exhibition organised by trace, including images from the exhibition 'At Land and Sea', The Marlborough, Brighton


2017 At Land and Sea: An Audiovisual Study of Sussex, Nick Ford Photography Gallery, collaborative exhibition with sound artist Joe Davin, Brighton


2016 Brighton Photo Fringe '16, group exhibition featuring selected images from a study on waves, Brighton

2016 Selected images from 'The Waves of An Afternoon' & 'Kings Caple' projects exhibited at Redwood Café, Brighton

2016 Screen Social Presents: 'MOVE', screening of 'Dance to Gnossienne #1'hosted by The Book Club, London


2015 Diálogos na Contemporaneidade: Tecnociência, Humanismo e Sociedade / Contemporary Dialogues: Technoscience, Humanism and Society at Univates, screening of 'Experiment No. #1', Brazil


2014 Lets Dance International Festival, screening of 'Panacea's Score', Phoenix Leicester, Leicester


Press & Publications:


2020 Online and in-print publication of 'His Ballard, under waning moons', a short story and photography project, published in At Alta: The Birmingham Journal of Literature, Vol XI


2019 Online and in-print publication of Homeland, a zine curated by Revolv Collective, featuring work from project 'Common Ground', Take Courage, London

2019 Honourable mention of 'Oak tree near Crummock Water' for the Monochrome Photography Awards, Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year category


2018 Web feature and online (and in-print) publication of 'The Waves of an Afternoon' project, Untitled Collective Annual Issue


2017 Photograph 'Out to Ftena' winner of the 'smartshots' submission category for the Black+White Photography competition

2017 Web feature and online publication of 'At Land and Sea' and other selected work as part of l'Artiste de la Semaine / Artist of the Week, Le Presse Cervelle, available in French & English,

2017 Web feature and online publication of selected work from Greece & the Island of Anafi, Untitled Collective Issue #4

2017 Photograph 'Out to Ftena' chosen to advertise launch of 1845.media - publishing house of The British Journal of Photography

2017 Interview & web feature of selected work from Greece and Sussex, Photograd,

2017 Photograph 'Out to Ftena' winner of the 'Smartphone' submission category for the Black and White Magazine competition


2014 Short story, 'A Shadow to Cast Light' as part of Extending ley linesa collaborative series of writings curated by artist Will Jennings

2014 Selected photographs, Style Birmingham

2014 Online portfolio showcase of 'The Waves of An Afternoon', Bleak Bleak Bleak Magazine

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Sussex

1 Sep 20141 Sep 2015

Award Date: 1 Sep 2015

Bachelor, De Montfort University

21 Sep 201026 Jul 2013

Award Date: 26 Jul 2013


  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
  • GR Folklore
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • TR Photography
  • SB Plant culture


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