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chris de rosa


Blue venetian lace spongia.
Photopolymer etching,ink stain,perforations, on Magnani paper and lino.
70(w) x 100(h) 2009


Photopolymer etching, digital inkjet print, pigment stain, lionocut,perforations,on Magnani paper and lino.
980(w) x 1050(h) 2009


Liminal lace
Photopolymer etching, digital inkjet print, pigment stain, linocut,perforations,on Magnani paper and lino.
980(w) x 1050(h) 2009

Yes, press my eyelids close, 'tis well,

Yes, press my eyelids close,
'tis well,
—But far the rapid fancies fly

The rolling worlds of wave and shell,

—And all the lands where corals lie.

Whilst working on seaweed based prints last year I began listening to “Where Corals Lie” a piece of music by Elgar which overlays the poem of the same name by Richard Garnett wherein the singer is seduced away from mortal love by the pervasive lure of the sea (the “land where corals lie” is, of course, beneath the waves). I played the one song over and over, ad- infinitum at deafening levels. The themes of the work overlapped with earlier interests in the notion of calenture (the state where seasick sailors in a fit of homesickness threw themselves into the sea).

There is also a legend which influenced the work in which a young Venetian seafarer called Polo brought his beloved Dolfina a stalk of seaweed from the far, distant seas. The weed was truly wonderful, frayed, hole-ridden and encrusted with marine salt .It seemed as though it had been fashioned by the sirens. When Dolfina saw it she was concerned at the marvellous seaweed’s fragility. To preserve its beauty, she took a needle and thread and painstakingly copied it, tracing out the seaweed's design until it became lace.

Having been collecting seaweed from our local shores for it’s aesthetic (and Gothic) qualities for quite some time. Its otherness intrigues me. Those sea changes do indeed turn it into things rich and strange; be it tree-forms or indeed lace.

Although the beauty of the seaweed itself should ideally be preserved, it is the transformation that occurs from under to above sea that interests me: a kind of reverse sea change (from "something rich and strange".) My print processes echoes those transformations. Current work continues to follow these themes along with the kind of sea changes that occur underwater. I am interested in the way the music of Elgar’s piece and Garrett’s poem are constructed and intertwined each to serve the other.


chris de rosa - cv

Four of Chris De Rosa's works have been acquired by the NGA. Chris De Rosa is included in the exhibition Littoral, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, 2010.

1998    Solar Plate/Monoprint workshop, Main Street Editions, Hahndorf, S.A.
  Keith Howard non-toxic printmaking workshop, University of S.A
1992 Diploma of Art North Adelaide School of Art (NASA) S.A.
1989 Certificate in Art, Jewellery and Printmaking, NASA, S.A.
Professional experience
2008 Pt. Augusta Aboriginal Artists, conducted printing workshops for Yarnballa Cultural Festival
2007 Willaston Baby Memorial, Gawler Council, S.A., Public Art Commission
  Garden Beds, Adelaide City Council,
2004 Rails, Community Art Project, Pt. Elliot, Country Arts S.A.
2001 Edible Roots, Adelaide Central Market Community Art Project
1997 Community Art Project, Thebarton Community Art Network, Adelaide
1998 Conducted solar plate workshop for SA Country Arts Trust, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Land communities
Artist in Schools
2008 Constellation, Victor Harbor High School, Carclew
2004 Rails, Linocut and Tile project, Pt Elliot Primary School, Carclew
  Linocut project, Streaky Bay Area School, Carclew
2003 Come Out, Victor Harbor and Pt Elliot Primary Schools, Come Out, Streaky Bay Area School
Solo exhibitions
2008 Seagarden, Helen Stephens Gallery, Sydney
2007 Due, SOMA Gallery, Adelaide
2005 Thingscapes, Adelaide Central Gallery 2
2002 Panacea, Promenade Gallery, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Whyalla Art Prize, (selected) Middleback Theatre, S.A.
  Artroom5, Henley Beach, S.A.
2008 Artroom5, Henley Beach, S.A.
  Women, Art & Politics, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Victoria
  Swan Hill Print & Drawing Award (selected) Victoria
2007 Whyalla Art Prize, (selected)  Middleback Theatre S.A.
  By The Light of the Moon, Impressions on Paper Gallery, Canberra
  Altered States, Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
  Fremantle Print Award, (selected) Fremantle Arts Centre W.A.
2006 Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial, touring nationally
  Swan Hill Print & Drawing Award, (selected) Victoria
Fremantle Print Award, (selected) Fremantle Arts Centre W.A.
  Calenture, Light Square Gallery, AC Arts, Adelaide
2004 Swan Hill Print & Drawing Award, (selected) Victoria
  Drawing Today, Central Gallery, Adelaide, touring regional S.A. (SACAT)
  Open Borders, Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, McLaren Vale, touring regional S.A. (SACAT)
  Fremantle Print Award, (selected) Fremantle Arts Centre W.A.
  Whyalla Art Prize, (selected)  Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, S.A.
2003 Distant Voices, RMIT Gallery, Victoria
2002 Fremantle Print Award, (selected) Fremantle Arts Centre W.A.
2001 Whyalla Art Prize, (selected) Middleback Theatre Whyalla, S.A.
2000 Karra / Karrawirraparri, Art Space, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide (Adelaide Festival 2000)
1999 Doll Show, Art Space, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide and Object Gallery, Sydney
  Contemporary Linocuts and Woodcuts, Art and Design Gallery, Woolloongabba, Queensland
1998 Home Is Where the Art Is, Art Space, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
1997 The SA Connection, Cowwarr Art Space, Gippsland, Victoria.
  Co-curated Meander and exhibited, NASA, S.A., SAPW Retrospective toured regional S.A. (SACAT)
1994 Men in Space, Union Gallery, University of Adelaide
1993 Ethereal Edge, Works in Paper, Jam Factory, Adelaide
2009 Australian National Gallery, ACT
2008 Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Victoria
  Charles Darwin University, NT.
2004 Scott Hicks, Private collection
2002 Whyalla City Council, S.A.
1990 Workcover, Adelaide.
2007 Arts SA – project development and presentation
2006 Arts SA – project assistance
2002 Arts SA – Panacea Exhibition
2001 Arts SA and Australia Council – Central Market Project.
1999 Department for Arts and Cultural Development S.A. – Karra Exhibition.
2006 Image Award For Excellence, One Exhibition,SA.
2001 Whyalla Art Prize, Print Section, S. A.
  De Rosa in her Garden, Shaw Hendry, Imprint, 2009
  Open Borders, John Neylon, Fleurieu Biennale, 2004 Heritage Exhibition


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