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Dr Doris Rohr

Fine and Applied Art

Arts and Humanities

Born in Hameln, Lower Saxony, Germany, I moved to England in 1986 to study at West Surrey College of Art and Design. I completed a Master in Fine Art at Coventry Polytechnic in drawing, print and photo intaglio installation followed by a Master in Psychoanalysis and Philosophy with Essex University, enabling me to deepen my understanding of theoretical contexts informing arts practices now and historical. My recently completed PhD on Ruskin and nature investigates drawing as a means to understand and care for the environment. My practice involves drawing, writing and the spaces in between; it is primarily paper-based, and frequently involves outdoor research into landscape. Fieldwork consists of walking, haptic interaction with site and notebook activities of plein air drawing and writing, underpinned by phenomenological encounter.

I teach drawing, and history/theory of art at Liverpool Hope University.  I am editorial board member of Drawing Research Theory and Practice, currently guest editing Issue 3.1 Drawing on Text together with Prof Charlie Gere.

Recent publications:

2017 ‘Farewell Terpsichore - an improvisation on smiles, shadows and breath’ LUNE 00 (1)

2017 ‘Hope’ (themed artist notebook) The Sketchbook Project Brooklyn Art Library

2016 Drawing on Nature: the Legacy of Ruskin's Moral Cosmos

2015 Drawing Research Theory and Practice Vol. 1.1 Joint editorial with Adriana Ionascu

2013 'Judging Drawing' in Visual Enquiry: Learning and Teaching Art Vol. 2.1

2012 'Imagining Truth: The Role of Drawing within the Creation of Knowledge' TRACEY Drawing Knowledge

My drawings have been exhibited in solo shows at Florence Arts Centre (Egremont, Cumbria) (2017) and the Storey Institute Lancaster (2016), and have been included in group exhibitions in public gallery spaces in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Los Angeles, Taiwan and Thailand. Further information can be found on


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