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Dr Doris Rohr

School of Creative and Performing Arts
0151 291 3624
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. Outreach activities involving drawing with members of the general public form an important aspect to my understanding of the value of drawing, creativity and art.

I teach undergraduates in Fine and Applied Art drawing and history/theory of art ; from October 2018 onwards I will coordinate the Master in Creative Practice, all based at Hope University's Creative Campus.  I am an editorial board member and co-founder  of Drawing Research Theory and Practice, (principal editor Dr Adriana Ionascu, Ulster University). I am currently working on a paper entitled 'Performing Sympathy' investigating continuities in Josef Beuys's and John Ruskin's legacies to contemporary drawing and performance practices, based on a public presentation at Drawing Matters (Symposium) York St John University in July 2017.  continue to collaborate on text/ image projects with Niamh Clarke, continuing with the theme of travel, place, memory and imagination, developing a new body of work in 2018/19, and started a new collaboration with Ulster based artist Hannah Clegg on place, ecology, nature and imagination (ongoing).

Recent conference contributions: 2018 'Cradle to Parlour' Doris Rohr and Niamh Clarke (Ulster) of joint text/ image drawing project in collaboration presented at Art, Materiality and Representation, Royal Anthropological Institute, British Museum and SOAS

2017 'Performing Sympathy' Drawing Matters (symposium) York St John University

Recent publications:

2018/19 'Drawing in and out of Place'  in Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, Issue Winter/ Spring 2018/19.

2018 Drawing Research Theory and Practice Vol. 3.1 Joint editorial 'Drawing on Text' with Prof Charlie Gere

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