Rhona Warwick

Rhona Warwick’s bricolage process is concocted from the methodological approaches sourced from anthropology, fictional narrative, and ethnography. Shifted from their original contexts, the methods of capturing accurate or ‘truthful’ data are relocated within a new imagined narrative contextualized by an internal, subjective experience of what it means to be a city. These hybrid elements become an anthology of dislocated references which destabilize and question the political and historical conditions that serve to characterize and nullify most every city. Warwick’s practice adopts the role of multiple fictional researchers to reconfigure, map and document experiences of the city, often revealing an entrance point to a poetic, fragmented and eccentric lacunae. It is in these gaps – the nominal space between the heightened awareness of being lost in an unfamiliar city, and the desire to escape from the bind of personal memory, that we evoke a place comprised of mirrored shards, each one unique and pocketsize.

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Born in Halfway, Glasgow in 1972, Warwick gained a BA (Hons) in Environmental Art (2001) and a Masters in Research in Creative Practice (2007) from the Glasgow School of Art. Her work usually finds its form in bookworks, photographs, maquettes and collage. In her recent pocket-size bookwork ‘Fantoun’, Warwick documents a three month research trip living in Glasgow’s parallel city of Fantoun. Amongst her findings, she reveals the interconnections between Luxury Housing and Imaginary Underground Tunnels, Urban Animals and Anthropology, and Bakeries and Politics. Warwick currently works as a sculpture research assistant at The University of Glasgow.