TRIXI ROSA

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(image above taken at The Melba Spiegeltent by Brendan Bonsack, 2018)

 

About the Artist

Trixi Rosa is a listener/learner/poet/artist from Punakaiki, Aotearoa (New Zealand). She currently lives between Tāmaki Makaurau and the unceded Kulin Nation lands known as Melbourne. Trixi works for local non-profit organisations, collaborating with other artists to co-design community arts and cultural development projects with youth.

Trixi’s work is a tender and restless unravelling of self. Through personal narrative, she carves an awkward inquiry into the social and political, investigating the intersections of identity and an endless pursuit of place. Moving through word, body, matter and space, she shares stories of stillness and fluidity, resilience and vulnerability.


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

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double-knotted shoelace

Trixi Rosa’s first collection of poetry is deeply grounded in her learnings, growing up in an isolated community of Te Tai Poutini, Te Waipounamu (West Coast, South Island). It speaks of connection to place, bloodlines, grief and loss, generational trauma, gendered violence, mental health, addiction, shame, and intimacy.

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double-knotted shoelace

book launch & exhibition

presented at Depot Art Gallery, photos by Diana Hu

 
 

When we Lose Ourselves in Hurting

poetry video collaboration between Trixi Rosa and film maker Jutta Pryor, 2019

 
 

unraveling, a ritual of layers

presented at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), May 2018 & State Library of Victoria, March 2019
(photos by Ceri Hann)

 
 

Mourning Pages

Mourning Pages was a process-driven installation & performance piece presented by Trixi Rosa at Footscray Arts Centre (FCAC), 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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(images above and below of project 'Mourning Pages' taken at Footscray Arts by Gianna Rizzo, October 2019)

 
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(video below of project 'Mourning Pages' filmed at Footscray Arts by Ella Benore Rowe & Samantha Pereira, October 2019)

 
 

a body of work

 
Mourning Pages
Mourning Pages

Work in development image

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trixi Rosa performs ritual of unravel outside the state library

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

Trixi Rosa performs ritual of unravel outside the state library

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

The remaining residue after ritual of unravel

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

Artwork that interrogates stillness and fluidity within sexuality, By Trixi Rosa for Her Alters exhibition

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

Artwork by Trixi Rosa for Her Alters exhibition

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

Close up of the ceramic cup and emerging yarn from this piece, with works by co-exhibitor and co-curator Thao Nguyen in the background

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

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

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

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

Audience in Gallery 2, Featuring artwork by Tamara Leacock, Her Alters exhibition co-curated by Trixi Rosa & Thao Nguyen

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

Audience in exhibition foyer

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

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

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

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

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

Trixi Rosa, Slamalamadingdong, 2018
Trixi Rosa, Slamalamadingdong, 2018
Trixi Rosa, Fresh Voices, 2018
Trixi Rosa, Fresh Voices, 2018
Trixi Rosa, Slamalamadingdong, 2018
Trixi Rosa, Slamalamadingdong, 2018
drip
drip

Public art performance, Melbourne CBD, March 2019

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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.  

(2017)

 

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