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Trixi Rosa – double-knotted shoelace
January 30 @ 10:00 am - February 14 @ 3:30 pmFree
double-knotted shoelace 30 Jan – 14 Feb 2021
Opening 30 Jan with book launch & poetry readings 6.30 pm
Writing Workshop 13 Feb 2 – 4 pm
double-knotted shoelace, is Trixi Rosa’s first solo exhibition and also the title of her debut poetry collection, recently published by Swimming with Elephants Press (USA). This exhibition is an intricate dialogue between selected poems from the book alongside their responding artworks. Through written work, performance and immersive audio-visual installation, the artist exposes bone in an act of self-suture. Using personal narrative to carve an awkward inquiry into the intersections of identity, place, intimacy and shame.
As a process-driven artist, Trixi Rosa offers this exhibition as both ritual and timestamp, to document and archive a series of intimate conversations between word, body, matter and space.
Trixi Rosa is a listener/learner/poet/artist from Punakaiki, Aotearoa, currently living between Tāmaki Makaurau and the unceded Kulin lands known as Melbourne.
She works for local non-profit organisations, collaborating with other artists to co-design community arts and cultural development projects with youth.
Trixi Rosa has had work published by literary bodies such as Hunter Writer Centre (AUS), Genre: Urban Arts (USA), Maternal Journal (USA) and Verity La (AUS). She has performed and exhibited work locally and internationally at First Site Gallery, Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC), Chopin Theatre (Chicago), Footscray Arts (FCAC), Seven Sisters Festival and The Wheeler Centre.
In 2019, she undertook the Emerging Cultural Leaders residency at Footscray Arts and also completed a Masters of
Socially Engaged Art at RMIT, receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence.
Trixi Rosa’s work is a tender and restless unravelling of self. She uses personal narrative to carve an awkward inquiry into the intersections of identity and endless pursuit of place.
Moving through word, body, matter and space, she shares stories of stillness and fluidity, resilience and vulnerability.
double-knotted shoelace, Trixi Rosa’s first published collection of poetry, is grounded in both her experience & observations.
Growing up in a small, isolated community in Te Tai Poutini, Te Waipounamu (West Coast, South Island), it touches on her connection to place, bloodlines, grief and loss, generational trauma, gendered violence, mental health, addiction, shame and intimacy.