Immersing herself or her sitters in the landscape, Rolland seeks to experiment with the quasi mystical through Nature and the elements. Often working in series, she revisits places over a period of time quietly observing the transience of the human condition through the cycle of the seasons. The contrasting notions of the ephemeral and constancy are central to her practice reminding us that much of what we understand as Nature or the natural is increasingly under threat.
Her urge to bear witness to specific places leads her to create archives of them with photographs, videos, samples and sound recordings. With those specimens removed from their original locations, Rolland explores the notion of the quasi-scientific juxtaposing this with the impossibility of description. Through this quest she reflects on the exactitude of place and our relationship to identity within notions of the contemporary Sublime.
FIELDWORK Q&A – November 2015
How is fieldwork part of your practice?
Fieldwork is an integral part of my practice. I am drawn to locations of particular significance at a specific moment that I revisit over time. The notions of transience and the ephemeral are central to my work, through my fieldwork I create archives gathering data though photography, video, sample collection, sound recording, etc, as an attempt to preserving them.
How would you describe your fieldwork activity?
My fieldwork activity starts in the studio. I research extensively the location I am interested in though its literature, geology, fauna, flora, history etc. When the time comes I set off with a very clear idea of what I am hoping to do, but the long walk to the destination and the exposure to the elements invariably inspire me to also explore other ideas when I get to the location. I am fascinated by the contrast of the quasi-scientific aspect of the survey I conduct on the site with my actual quasi-mystical experience of the space. I am trying to resolve this duality through my practice.
How are you currently sharing your fieldwork?
I share my fieldwork through exhibitions, publications and conferences. I am very exited about artists interested in the Land, as it will enrich the debate about geographical issues.