With an artistic practice that spans over two decades, Caroline Rothwell investigates how ideas and beliefs have shaped our contemporary world. As a meticulous researcher, Rothwell produces work that looks artisanal and figurative, but is ultimately conceptual and process driven. Her work explores systems of human interaction relating to time, nature, history, and science.
The wall installation, Circles (2014) depicts eight individual curved forms, standing alone, side by side, each one apart from the other, each one unique. Elegant and dynamic in appearance and composition, Rothwell has brought these forms to life through the fragile process of pouring molten hot Britannia metal into a fabric mould that has been hand-sewn from cloth fabric. The textured warp and weft of the fabric mould remains on the surface on the metal casts. The cloth and metal have contacted, stripped away from one another, and both come away transformed into new geometries.