Overriding themes in my practice are informed by nature/ culture – how landscape is culturally constructed, and how nature is a term reclusive and complex, as human culture has infringed most aspects which appear ‘natural’. Further details can be found on https://www.axisweb.org/p/dorisrohr/.
I work from direct observation, plein air, from my own photos and from my imagination. Analytical observational drawing is a very important discipline to me, and needs to be kept going alongside more imaginative and intuitive approaches. Some of my work is concerned with observing and drawing detail from botanical form and other organisms, others with landscape and neo-romanticism.
Completing a practice-based research project with the University of Lancaster has brought together my interest in drawing, writing and critical theory investigating art critic, theoretician and artist John Ruskin and his conception of nature as a moral social and environmental system. My PhD thesis Drawing on Nature: the legacy of Ruskin’s Moral Cosmos is available via the British Library
I am interested in the relationship between the verbal and the visual and how text can be both, and inform otherness of drawing and writing – drawing with words, writing without words – drawing as text. I am hoping to develop further my interest in holistic pedagogy as practice, drawing as research and visual thinking and creative critical writing as future research objectives.
For OCA I tutor drawing courses level 1 and 2 and painting courses level 1 and 3 as well as Concepts in Practice (level 2). I am an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Ulster (since 2007). Prior to that I worked as Research Associate in the research centre Interface Art in Public at University of Ulster. My professional employments also included Head of Visual Studies (Drawing and Visual Literacy) at Cumbria Institute of the Arts (now University of Cumbria), and before that I tutored at Norwich School of Art and Design as Lecturer in Theoretical Studies for seven years.