This paper discusses Rosa Branson’s quest to become an artist. It outlines her rejection of her formal art education at Camberwell School of Art and the Slade and her self education as an artist copying works in the National Gallery. The paper discusses how Arendt’s (1958) notion of natality links with the structuring of Rosa’s biography around art practices and Foucauldian technologies of the self as Rosa sought to become and to practice as an artist.
Joyce Goodman, Rosa Branson (b 1933), Becoming an Artist: Biography, Memory, Place and Space, presented at the DOMUS Seminar, University of Birmingham, 1 April 2020
Image: Rosa Branson, “Peacocks & Butterflies with Rainbow” in University of Winchester collection, with permission from Rosa Branson