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ART & POSSIBILITIES THAT EVOLVE
ART & POSSIBILITIES THAT EVOLVE
Buwi Birrip Djerring ~ Weave Thread Create Together
'I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded an Arts Commission with Moonee Valley City Council. The project will allow me to further explore my interest in the construction of patterns in architecture. Ornamentation is disappearing, there is a place for it here at the Flemington Community Hub, where it can be applied to a functional form to celebrate all that which connects community. These 7-metre internal/external screens have the capacity to display patterns and motifs; and this familiarity can be border-crossing. Patterns connect community.’
'This Art Project has been launched to inspire the Community at large to be a part of the history of this new public site; elements of their story in a composition of patterning and imagery, an optical attraction in placemaking of patterns inside and out.'
Rosa Mar Tato Ortega 2021
Stitching Change is part of @craftvictoria
Craft Contemporary taking place throughout October, the festival celebrates community and the shared human impulse to create.
Presented by Naarm Textile Collective
Stitching Change is an exhibition highlighting the abundance and quality of local textile artists in Victoria. The exhibition showcases the progressive art form of textiles and its position within the broader visual arts sector.
The exhibition highlights and explores the emotive properties of textiles to generate, communicate and preserve memories along with creating discourse for the future, centring on the value of textiles in our lives and their role in recollecting past events, telling stories and recording experiences.
Stitching Change takes shifts and changes as its theme, in particular it is centred on the way in which practices have transformed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These shifts may be around changing attitudes, the introduction of new materials and techniques, along with the impact of innovative ideas and evolving technologies.
The exhibition was first presented online on
12 October 2021 with an opening celebration on Zoom from 5-7pm.
The physical exhibition is scheduled for 8 - 19 February 2022 at FortyFiveDownstairs, Melbourne
Artwork: The Hills hoist (2021)
'While personal experience is at the centre of her art practice, it is often through outward connections to community or site that her work unfolds. She consistently explores the tensions between material form and ephemeral light/shadow interplay and her work seamlessly crosses between the platforms of public art and personal professional practice.
Subtle collaborations, impressions and triggers, chance meetings, synchronous moments, and often intimate conversations are crucial to understanding her work.'
Dr Sally Northfield
Education Program Coordinator
United Nations Association Australia (Victoria)
Women’s Mural Documentation Project
“Rosa’s ability to decipher, interpret and reflect personal stories through symbol, pattern, motif, light and text define her art practice. As she explores and experiments with a variety of materials, whether steel, concrete, felt, or a subversive stitch or two, her stunning art-making practice, enacted consistently using light, photography, collage, cutting, textiles - is an invitation to (re)consider the community and environs of your site & project.”
'Her CV will demonstrate created works which provide specific environments where she focuses on research, the production and the exhibition of cultural projects, especially those ones related to history, culture, community and their environment.
She has been invited to present & exhibit works to celebrate the Women’s Art Register (WAR) 40 Year Celebration. This was quite the installation at the City Library. Rosa has been committed to meeting with manufacturers of materials in Australia so to develop a portfolio of eco-friendly materials that can be integrated into future commissions and site-specific art projects.
A highly committed and resourceful artist in her art production as well as meeting timelines and architectural, structural and building guidelines. Whilst she demonstrates with ongoing independent exhibition program, she gives any new project the same dedication."
(previously at Wyndham City & Axia Modern Art)
Creative Urban Places Program Lead I Arts Melbourne
City of Melbourne
Artworks Title: El Pañuelo Crown Casino Melbourne
in-consultation with Chinese Community of Melbourne
Photo: Joe Vittorio
Rosa completed a 12 month Artist in residence (AIR) at
She exhibited works inside the Homestead and in the Minsmere Birdhide & Crake Birdhide in both May & November 2018.
The residency culminated in a day where the public were encouraged to discover the artwork in and around the Coolart Homestead and Wetlands property.
The Maggie and Bird series were created in these surrounds and editions of these works are for sale. Rosa is currently creating a series of wall hangings and experimenting with range of materials such as carpet, velvet, and silk.
Collaborations in relation to the bird series to develop a range of textiles welcome.
Photo: Stan Fridlind
President, Friends of Coolart
'Through a process of consultation, immersion and the gathering of local stories Rosa Mar Tato Ortega produces an artistic interpretation of the site. Her artistic approach is organic and unique, professional, whilst following processes and organisational guidelines. She invites the viewer to individually experience the work from a different perspective. It can be enlightening.'
She has been the recipient of several Artist-in-Residence grants; a research grant in Shanghai through RMIT School of Art and ECNU Shanghai, a funded residency in various locations around Menzies Shire in remote Western Australia, including a month long artist in residence at NGV Studio in 2012 with 10 other women culminating in an exhibition for International Womens Day.
Rosa was also the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts’ ArtStart Grant & George Alexander Foundation Scholarship
NGV Studio Residency
Curated by Deborah Ratcliffe & Rowena Martinich
Rosa has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and has received important public, private and site-specific commissions in her home state of Victoria, Australia.
She was commissioned by BateSmart Architects to create a permanent public artwork at the entrance of the VIP Teak Room at Melbourne's Crown Casino.
International Digital Print Exhibition
New York Hall of Science
New York City USA
Rosa Mar has a post graduate degree in Fine Arts and is a creative collaborator and practicing artist living on the Mornington Peninsula.
Her role outside of her arts practice often involves being a conduit between artist and institution/organisation; facilitating logistics, media and frameworks in support of artists and their work. Rosa is an experienced PA, handling those important lists that are often unachievable to tick off, for local and international artists. This often includes media, meeting of VIP’s and co-ordinating travel.
Her most recent media campaigns include Peninsula Chamber Musicians and The Buckley Opera.
Rosa also works as a Media Facilitato and mentor, facilitating various clients in the realms of Performing Arts, Law, Gender Identity, as well as providing a VIP Liaison service given her qualifications as a NAATI interpreter.
Created during a 12 month Artist in Residence.
These works vary in their width & can be mounted unframed with a magnet system.
Her process is multilayered: the final work reprinted on voile and subtle hand stitched threads flow from the work.
Collage, cutting, drawing, stitching, sewing, reprinting, stitching some more, reprinting..
'The needle is my coloring in texta.. there is rhythm..to capture my maggie's beauty.'
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where I work and live.
I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging. I celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.