Sheila de Rosa’s creative flair flourished professionally after she was introduced to etching techniques during a period of artistic study at the University of Hertfordshire. This culminated in a First class honours degree in Media Arts followed by an MA in Fine & Applied Arts Practice.
She now owns and runs an Art Studio in Hertfordshire where she combines arts practice with educational work and commissions.
Sheila’s practice takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues to combine themes from Sublime Art, through Feminist Theory and into Maternal Subjectivity. Individual projects are grouped around specific themes and meanings, and often have multiple parts which deploy a range of different media. During a project’s research and production phase, new areas of interest arise which lead her into the next body of work.
She uses a variety of materials and processes, with printmaking as the central core. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects, they are all linked by recurring formal concerns. These often include a form of printed impression. The materials and the forms of each project are determined by its subject matter.
Away from her own work, she teaches printmaking in secondary schools, colleges and at the University of Hertfordshire’s annual ‘Artscool’ for 11 – 18’s.
In 2000, Sheila de Rosa was artist in Residence at Intaglio Printmakers, Southwark, London and received funding through the AA2A scheme http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/sheila. Her work has also been funded by Arts Council England, CHEAD and NAFAE.
She has written technical articles for Printmaking Today and a peer reviewed academic essay called ‘Mother, Dear Mother’ was published in the Journal of Visual Arts Practice www.nafae.org.uk/journals/jvap-3-2/mother-dear-mother/.
For Solar Plate Printing in Abruzzo, Italy go to www.sharola.co.uk