Rosie Leventon makes indoor sculptural installations as well as environmental art in the landscape, using a broad variety of materials; from human hair to paperback backs.
Leventon’s work is grounded in a sensitive concern for the natural environment and how we use it. Her outdoor installations often have functional, regional elements, like promoting biodiversity and regeneration, for example. Leventon sees her work as interweaving a kind of personal archaeology with the archaeology of contemporary society and the physical archaeology of places.
Undercurrent is a re-creation of the skeletal remnants of West Pier, a once bustling 19th century pier, which closed in 1975 after it had fallen into disrepair. Eventually destroyed by a fire in 2003, its eerie remains still stand on the Brighton seafront. Since opening in 1866, the West Pier has been, and continues to be, an iconic and enduring part of Brighton’s sea front.
Understanding our relationship to the built environment that surrounds us is a complex, though fascinating task. Leventon’s re-creation of the West Pier, a site specific commission for Fabrica, a former church, invites us to examine our relationship with architecture. In particular our tendency to anthropomorphise or sentimentalise landmark buildings.