Caroline Rothwell

Caroline Rothwell’s practice engages with the politics of place, migration, conflict and mortality through the lens of the environment. Her work often draws on the anatomy of endangered or extinct species, though she is equally known for creating mutant and hybrid forms that explore the impacts of biotechnology and environmental contamination. What may at first appear playful or innocent in Rothwell’s work – shiny surfaces, toy-like contours, the allure of a flower or animal – are typically decoys for more ominous or unsettling subjects.Art Gallery of New South Wales

View Caroline Rothwell Bloom Lab online exhibition, September 2021.

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100 million years (Installation back view) 2016
Britannia metal, magnifying glass, stainless steel, bivalve mollusc shell, opalised bivalve mollusc fossil (early Cretaceous period from Coober Pedy, SA)
Sculpture in 2 parts. Overall dimensions: 84 x 68 x 22 cm
100 million years (Installation front view) 2016
Britannia metal, magnifying glass, stainless steel, bivalve mollusc shell, opalised bivalve mollusc fossil (early Cretaceous period from Coober Pedy, SA)
Sculpture in 2 parts. Overall dimensions: 84 x 68 x 22 cm
Turbulence 2016
Installation view
Flux (Installation front view) 2016
Britannia metal, 23 carat gold, pyrite (fool’s gold), maple wood
Sculpture in 2 parts. Overall dimensions: 90 x 51 x 27 cm
Flux (Installation back view) 2016
Britannia metal, 23 carat gold, pyrite (fool’s gold), maple wood
Sculpture in 2 parts. Overall dimensions: 90 x 51 x 27 cm
Equilibrium (Installation view) 2016
Sculpture in multiple parts: Britannia metal, stainless steel, glass, water, rope, rock Britannia metal ring: approx 46 cm diameter, Britannia metal balance: 64 cm wide
Equilibrium (Detail – installation view) 2016
Sculpture in multiple parts: Britannia metal, stainless steel, glass, water, rope, rock Britannia metal ring: approx 46 cm diameter, Britannia metal balance: 64 cm wide
Equilibrium (Detail) 2016
Sculpture in multiple parts: Britannia metal, stainless steel, glass, water, rope, rock Britannia metal ring: approx 46 cm diameter, Britannia metal balance: 64 cm wide
Turbulence 2016
Installation view
Orbit (Installation view) 2016
Sculpture in 2 parts Britannia metal, tillandsias (air plants), maple wood Overall dimensions: 87 x 57 x 17 cm