Rowena Dring

Rowena is a British artist who lives in Amsterdam. 

She has a BA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

You can view her CV here.

Photography is the starting point of Rowena Dring’s landscapes. Seen from a distance, her works appear like paintings, but upon closer examination it becomes apparent that they are stitched fabric over canvas. The artist’s working method constantly runs between the mechanical and the digital. Dring digitally captures celebrated sites of Modernist myth and returns to the studio to adapt them with the aid of a computer program. She then begins, in her words, “swapping cotton for paint,” reinterpreting the landscape with a sewing machine. With the highly abstracted and flattened images of her craft technique, Dring underscores the constructed character of those landscapes to demonstrate that these seemingly fresh views are always mediated by a cultural preconception.

Dring mixes the traditional women’s work of embroidery and appliqué with the high art of painting, making sewn fabric landscapes stretched over canvas. Yet Dring does not view her work as “blurring the boundaries between art and craft” as much as “addressing the politics of representation”. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s paint-by-numbers series, Dring uses snapshots taken while travelling, which are then made into a pattern by a computer program and assembled by a sewing machine. The resulting Landscapes merge abstraction and representation, handicraft and digital reproduction, to underscore the cultural framing process present in even the most natural states.(Zooey Martin 2008)

One-person exhibitions of her work have been held at the Künstlerverein Malkasten in Düsseldorf, the Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Künst Münster in Münster, Elizabeth Dee in New York, Q.E.D Gallery in Los Angeles and rahncontemporary in Zurich. She has been included in many group shows in Europe and North America, including “Idylle” at DA2 Domus Artium 2002 Salamanca, Spain, "Between Time and Space" at The Nunnery, London and in the exhibition Landscape Confection at the Orange County Museum of Art, organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.