Artistic approach and process

A sense of disconnection with the environment is at the core of Roxy Russell's work. A detachment that she feels and observes on a daily basis: the way nature is artificially manipulated, the way trees planted in straight lines, the way only small designated areas are identified where plants can grow freely. Her work reflects questions about our relationship with the living, the cohabitation between human and non-human, the nature – culture dichotomy. How to connect better to plants?

 

Roxy's main medium is thread for sewing, crocheting and weaving, and other projects also take shape as installations of various materials, often natural elements. Her creative process is characterised by the repetition of a same action. This approach generates a better understanding of how materials react, familiarity of the repeated movement and awareness of her own body. A connection is established. The endurance and patience required imply slowness: a rhythm that contrasts with the pace of our daily lives. Different temporalities meet and merge creating a sense of continuity. 

 

Fascinated by the versatility of thread and textiles, Roxy is constantly exploring new techniques and processes. She chooses to use simple biodegradable materials, found and derived from nature: a limitation that pushes her to find more sustainable solutions to making art.

 

The tension produced by different contrasts is an integral part of Roxy's work: thread can be as fragile as strand of cotton and as strong as to bind two items together. Her work reflects the complexity of the situation, of the world we live in yet seems simple in conception. The topics Roxy chooses are serious yet her approach is poetic.

 

Roxy Russell was born in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1988 and immigrated to Geneva (Switzerland) with her family in 1998. After graduating from the Valais School of Art (EDHEA, Sierre, Switzerland) in 2013, she travelled and participated in various exhibitions and residencies in Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Thailand and India. In 2019, she decided to move to Quebec (Canada) to pursue a master's degree in Visual Arts at Laval University that she completed in 2021. During her time in Canada, she took part in different events and exhibitions such as “Fresh Paint / New Construction” at Art Mur gallery in Montreal, “DE(S)CONNEXIONS” at Le Lobe in Chicoutimi and presented her solo exhibition “The Trees are Tired” in Québec. Roxy moved back to Europe in February 2022 and is currently based in Portugal and in the UK. 

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Exhibitions

TERRARIUM, July 2022

Group exhibition

CAVA Galeria, Viseu, Portugal

Les arbres sont fatigués (The Trees are Tired), July 2021

Individual exhibition shown at the 5th World Congress on Agroforestry

Centre des Congrès de Québec, Quebec, Canada

DE(S)CONNEXIONS, June 2022

Laberge-Russell Collective

Salle d’exposition de l’Université Laval, Pavillon Desjardins, Quebec, Canada

 

Exposition satellite de la Manif d'art, la biennale de Québec, March 2022

Group exhibition 

Roulement à billes, Quebec, Canada

 

La boutique au 704, December 2021

Individual exhibition

704 rue sainte-madeleine, Quebec, Canada

 

Peinture fraîche et nouvelle construction, July 2021

Group exhibition

Art Mûr, Montréal, Canada

 

Les arbres sont fatigués (The Trees are Tired), October 2021

Individual exhibition

Salle d’exposition de l’Université Laval, Pavillon Desjardins, Quebec, Canada

 

DE(S)CONNEXIONS, March 2021

Duo with the Laberge-Russell Collective

Le Lobe, Chicoutimi, Canada

 

Confondre l’espace, January 2021

Duo with Lucie Gagnon

Salle d’exposition de l’Université Laval, Pavillon Desjardins, Quebec, Canada

 

Parcours d'art sauvage, August 2020

Group exhibition

Coopérative des jardins de Victoria, Saint-Isidore d’Auckland, Quebec, Canada

 

Mars de la maîtrise, March 2020

Group exhibition

Roulement à billes, Quebec, Canada

 

OFF-JC, September 2019

Group exhibition

Roulement à billes, Quebec, Canada

 

Scythia fibre art, the 12th international biennial of contemporary textile art,  June 2018

Group Exhibition 


Ivano-Frankivs'k, Ukraine

 

Upon Arrival, June 2016

Group Exhibition 

OED Gallery, Kerala, India

 

De Passage, December 2015

Solo exhibition

Le Cabanon, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Affordable Art, March 2015

Group exhibition

Swiss Art Space, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Freedom to Love,  January 2015

Group exhibition

Accademia Apulia, London, England

 

Artffordable Fair, March 2014

Group exhibition

13 The Gallery, London, England

 

Creating Myths, September 2013

Solo exhibition

The Decca, Ness, Scotland

 

Photography and Illustration, October 2013

Group exhibition

The Exchange, Dublin, Ireland

 

L’ECAV aux Floralies, October 2013

Group exhibition

Château Mercier, Sierre, Switzerland 

 

Closer, September 2012

Group exhibition

The Exchange, Dublin, Ireland

 

Iceberg, February 2012

Group installation

Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi, Finland

Residencies and other events

Residencies

 

De Liceiras 18, Temporary Art Community, June 2022

Research and creation residency

Porto, Portugal

Nouaisons, centre agri-culturel (to come)

Research and creation residency 2022 or 2023

Scott, Quebec, Canada

 

Le Lobe - Résidence de commissaire, Julie Andrée T., February 2021

Residency with the Laberge-Russell Collective

Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada

Résidence Art sauvage, August 2020

Residency followed by an exhibition at the Coopérative des jardins de Victoria

Saint-Isidore d’Auckland, Quebec, Canada

 

Carpe Diem Residency, June 2016

Research and creation residency

Kerala, India

 

ComPeung Artist Residency, May 2016

Research and creation residency

Doi Saket, Thailand

 

 

 

Other projects

 

Encann' 2022, May 2022

Evénement-bénéfice bisannuel

Regart centre d'artistes en art actuel, Quebec, Canada

 

Champ libre, September 2020

Land art project

Parc du Boisé-des-Frères-du-Sacré-Cœur, Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada

 

Les Encans de la quarantaine, May 2020

Selected to participate to an online auction

Online event, Quebec, Canada

 

University Laval Art School flag contest, September 2020

The gardens of Quebec City Hall, Quebec, Canada

 

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014, November 2014

Seascape award – commended

Publication in the book: « Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014, collection 1 »

 

Christmas card for the Swiss embassy in Washington, November 2011