In 2018 artist Sarah Rose was invited to participate in the first residency developed by Hospitalfield with funding from Paths For All. The Meander Walking Programme, focusses on walking, picking, cooking and eating. These starting points provide a framework that gives a particular intention to our walking programme, linking walking to gathering, harvesting and health. The cooking processes are often traditional; preserving, bottling, fermenting, pickling, distilling, salting, all processes that allows us to keep food for longer.
Sarah Rose distilled her experience of walking and talking about the Angus countryside during the period of her residency to make a new work for ROAMING Spring Open Weekend 2019. Her sculpture Byproduct is essentially an instrument; an organ over which she has no control. Each pipe is activated by the pressure of the air produced by the process of fermentation. Each of the large glass jars contains the ingredients for ‘country wine’.
As part of her residency Sarah Rose spent long days walking, often with the walking groups, she also spent time with the researchers at the James Hutton Institute to help her ‘read’ the landscape she was walking through.
With the walking groups they talked about walker’s rights, the right to roam and the ambiguity that underlies this lovely sounding idea of freedom to roam across the countryside. There are of course many legal exceptions to the Act as well as the informal signs and barriers placed by growers that reflect how contested the landscape has become. With researchers at the James Hutton Institute Rose talked about fruit growing, the pressure to develop new varieties to meet the demand of the market, in particular blueberries; the importance of the robust old varieties that have survived so long and the demand for juice that is blue rather than brown. A demand that inspires the effort to breed a plant variety that incorporates the robust quality of the older plant yet with a berry that has juice that can retain is blue-ness.
Sarah Rose is an artist based in Glasgow. She graduated from Fine Art and Writing Studies at the University of Auckland in 2010 and with a Master of Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2012.
Her practice engages with processes of translation, abstraction, mutation, and transformation, using sound and materials to think through expanded lifecycles of material resources and information.
Exhibitions have happened at Glasgow International (2018), CCA (Glasgow, 2017), Scottish Museum of Contemporary Art (Edinburgh, 2017), Baltic 39 (Newcastle, 2017), SWG3 (Glasgow, 2016), Darling Foundry (Montreal, 2016), Elizabeth Foundation Project Space (New York, 2015). She co-runs the project tenletters, in Glasgow.