Ebony Rose is a visual artist whose practice involves observations and encounters with the phenomenal, ecological, cyclical, interdependent and alive world. These take the form in drawings and installations.
Through sensitive simple interventions she instigates contemplative spaces offering a renewed discovery into our surroundings. She creates these environments to be experienced as a body moving through space: walking, stopping, skimming and looking to invite slowing-down and grounding. Also considering perception and the complex entanglements between ‘nature’ and industry, she incorporates discarded and refuse materials. She heightens phenomena so that it becomes material itself, making tangible changing light, air and water, and the passage of time.
For example, one work, Four Corners is a meditation on time and a direct experience of water. It constantly changes and reflects what is happening in the space. Each day the water evaporates and each day the artist refills the water. Ultimately while it is in constant flux it invites a slowing-down experience as the viewer witnesses something very palpable yet also impermanent and fleeting. In such precarious times it is an offering of quiet, spaciousness and an invitation to being present.
Ebony Rose has been deeply influenced by non-western philosophies and practices particularly in Buddhism that have to with with vast time, interpenetration, connection to the earth, bodily ways of knowing and non-duality.
Ideas of becoming and imagining also inform her investigations.
Ebony Rose received an MFA from the University of Victoria and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has exhibited both in Canada and internationally and has been curated into a number of exhibitions. Venues include Unit 17, Vancouver, Will Aballe Projects, Vancouver, AHVA Gallery at the University of Vancouver, Yamakiwa Gallery, Niigata, Japan, Anna Leowowens Gallery, Halifax, ASPN Gallery, Leipzig, Germany, and Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY. She has been awarded artist residencies in Colorado, Germany, British Columbia and Japan. In 2017 she was long-listed among six artists for the Vancouver Contemporary Art Award. She is a recipient of Canada Council for the Arts Grants. She gratefully acknowledges that she lives and works in the unneeded and ancestral Coast Salish Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.