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TRIXI ROSA

 

Bio

Trixi Rosa is a listener/learner/poet/artist from Punakaiki, Te Wai Pounamu. She currently lives in Tāmaki Makaurau and works for grassroots organisations, collaborating with youth and artists to co-create community arts and development projects. Her emerging art practice began in 2017 and usually takes form in writing, performance art or installation. Moving through word, body, matter and space, Trixi shares a restless personal narrative to navigate the intersections of identity and unravel her endless pursuit of place. 


Trixi has published, performed and exhibited work locally and internationally with institutions such as, Takahē, Hunter Writer Centre (AUS), Genre: Urban Arts (USA), Maternal Journal (USA), Verity La (AUS), Depot Artspace (NZ), First Site Gallery (AUS), Melbourne Writers Festival, The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC), Chopin Theatre (Chicago), and The Wheeler Centre (AUS). In 2019, she undertook the Emerging Cultural Leaders residency at Footscray Arts (FCAC) and also completed a Masters of Public Art (Community Arts/Socially Engaged Practice) at RMIT, receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence.

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How to Fly a Kite

Poetry film collab with digital artist, Ed Waaka

 
 

double-knotted shoelace

book launch & exhibition presented in Feb 2021 at Depot Art Gallery

An intimate dialogue between selected poems from her poetry collection and responding artworks. Through written work, sculpture, performance & immersive audio-visual installation, the artist used personal narrative & ritual to carve into the intersections of intimacy, grief & shame.

 

When We Lose Ourselves in Hurting

Poetry film collab with film maker, Jutta Pryor

 
 

unraveling, a ritual of layers

a site specific performance art piece initially developed in response to weathering steel, the material used to construct the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) building. Weathering Steel allows a rust-like erosion process to create a protective layer. Presented at ACCA in May 2018 & again at State Library of Victoria, March 2019

 

Mourning Pages

Mourning Pages was a process-driven installation & performance piece presented by Trixi Rosa at Footscray Arts Centre (FCAC) in 2019, as part of the Emerging Cultural Leaders (ECL) Residency. To create the installation the artist wrote stream-of-consciousness on tracing paper every morning for three months, delving into a thick residue of resurfaced grief in an attempt to weave experience into memory. The 270 hand written pages were then suspended to form a cumulative dreamscape of blowing autumn leaves, that emerged out of the artists scattered grief state. Mourning Pages, both installation and performance, interrogated time through the wrinkled lens and interwoven spaces of dream/grief time. It was the artist's attempt to find a residue of identity and belonging within the placelessness and timelessness of loss. This piece was part of a larger collaborative work titled ‘Timescapes’ that investigated non-linear concepts of time, in conversation with neighbouring pieces Ngā pōtaka by Hineani Tunoa Roberts and Between Forever by Kim Lam.

 
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a body of work

 
Mourning Pages
Mourning Pages

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Mourning Pages (installation test)
Mourning Pages (installation test)

Testing the development of an installation for exhibition at Footscray Community Art Centre in October 2019

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Mourning Pages (installation test), September 2019
Mourning Pages (installation test), September 2019

Testing the development of an installation for exhibition at Footscray Community Art Centre in October 2019

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Mourning Pages
Mourning Pages

Paper & text suspended installation at FCAC October 2019

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Unraveling, ACCA, April 2018
Unraveling, ACCA, April 2018

Collaborative performance & film documentation with director Lauren Rose Beck, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

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Unraveling, ACCA, May 2018
Unraveling, ACCA, May 2018

Trixi Rosa performs ritual of unraveling at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

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Unraveling, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), May 2018
Unraveling, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), May 2018

A ritual to unravel layers of self

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Unraveling, State Library of Victoria, March 2019
Unraveling, State Library of Victoria, March 2019

Trixi Rosa performs ritual of unravel outside the state library

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Unraveling, State Library of Victoria, March 2019
Unraveling, State Library of Victoria, March 2019

Trixi Rosa performs ritual of unravel outside the state library

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Unraveling, ACCA, May 2018
Unraveling, ACCA, May 2018

The remaining residue after ritual of unravel

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Be Soft[er?], First Site Gallery, March 2019
Be Soft[er?], First Site Gallery, March 2019

Artwork by Trixi Rosa for Her Alters exhibition

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Her Remnants, First Site Gallery, March 2019
Her Remnants, First Site Gallery, March 2019

Artwork that investigates what we do with the layers left after a ritual of unravel, by Trixi Rosa for Her Alters exhibition

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Her Accidental Gaze, First Site Gallery, March 2019
Her Accidental Gaze, First Site Gallery, March 2019

The unintended meeting point of two artworks by two different artists - Thao Nguyen and Trixi Rosa, at the Her Alters Exhibition

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Pauline, First Site Gallery, March 2019
Pauline, First Site Gallery, March 2019

Spoken Word Artist - Pauline Vetuna, performs live at Her Alters exhibition, co-curated by Trixi Rosa and Thao Nguyen

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Her Alters, First Site, March 2019
Her Alters, First Site, March 2019

Audience in exhibition foyer

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Hamile, Ella & Josie, Her Alters exhibition, First Site Gallery, March 2019
Hamile, Ella & Josie, Her Alters exhibition, First Site Gallery, March 2019
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Bella Waru, Her Alters, First Site Gallery, March 2019
Bella Waru, Her Alters, First Site Gallery, March 2019

Movement artist - Bella Waru, performs live karanga in show created by Trixi Rosa, part of Her Alters exhibition, co-curated by Trixi Rosa and Thao Nguyen

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Tariro Mavondo, First Site Gallery, March 2019
Tariro Mavondo, First Site Gallery, March 2019

Performance artist - Tariro, performs in show created by Trixi Rosa for Her Alters exhibition

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I Won't Hold My Tongue, Testing Grounds, May 2019
I Won't Hold My Tongue, Testing Grounds, May 2019

Trixi Rosa undertaking a performative installation that interrogates intimacy & gendered violence

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Unraveling Ascensão, Storyfest Sydney, 2018
Unraveling Ascensão, Storyfest Sydney, 2018

Trixi Rosa & Charlotte Raymond perform in Unraveling Ascensão festival show, created by Trixi Rosa

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Trixi Rosa, Slamalamadingdong, 2018
Trixi Rosa, Slamalamadingdong, 2018
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i'm still learning stillness

see i'm still learning stillness, see this hinged body twitch thunder clap – snap, broken rumbling, don’t know how to stay stuck, and never mind this gritty water, we’ve all been thirsty before, see some folks can't be quenched so easy, see running taught me double-knotted shoelace and softness in bone lands gentle and burnt edges still smell like summer, see running towards or running from don't matter.

But you grew

in open fields. 

You runner you.


And she bleeds

generously. 

So, you sniff

copper, like flowers. 

Hope she’ll be

different. 

Oxidized green

in bloom.  


(a performance art piece undertaken at various locations across Melbourne in 2017)

 
 

Site photo & video credits: Brendan Bonsack, Ceri Hann, Gianna Rizzo, Samantha Pereira, Ella Benore Rowe, Diana Hu.