Epha Roe

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20192023

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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 part-time, practice-based PhD project titled ‘Photosymbiosis: Towards a Photographic Method of Collaboration with England's Heritage Oak Trees’, which uses traditional and alternative modes of photographic practice to examine the role of twelve heritage oak trees, through the lens of scientific research that considers the agency and intelligence of plants. By involving the oak tree within the creative process, whether through its material (its soil, bark, or leaves, for example) or biological functions, my practice seeks to (re)centre the plant as a sensual being, while also acknowlodging certain tree's status as a cultural object, imbued with emotional, social, cultural, and political value that raise certain plants to heritage status.

Alterntatively, 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:

upcoming

2022 Photosymbiosis, solo show consisting of work-in-progress from PhD project of the same name, ONCA Gallery, Brighton

past

2021 Queer Constellations, a group exhibition exploring queer approaches, ways of seeing or experiencing rurality, to coincide with the play ‘The Stars Are Brighter Here’ dir. Timothy Allsop (as part of ‘Queer Rural Connections’), featuring work from PhD project Embarkment, Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

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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

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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

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

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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

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Art History and Museum Curating with Photography, University of Sussex

1 Sept 20141 Sept 2015

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

Bachelor, Photography & Video, De Montfort University

21 Sept 201026 Jul 2013

Award Date: 26 Jul 2013

Keywords

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

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