Rowan Lear

Postdoctoral Researcher

Rowan is an artist and writer, based in Glasgow. Across interdisciplinary research and practice, Rowan engages with feminist new materialism, posthumanism and philosophies of embodiment, ecology, and indeterminacy. Colluding with photography, writing, vegetation, clay and other lively materials, Rowan traces the sticky and entangled histories of sensation, labour, agriculture, and ecology. Solo exhibitions include a sudden branching, Birnam Arts (2021) and Adheres to the Tongue, The Muted Horn, Cleveland (2018); while group shows include Grafting: The Land and the Artist, London Art Fair (2024), Why do it together when you can do it alone?, Lewisham Arthouse (2019); and Rising from the Hill, NCAD, Dublin (2017). Since 2019, Rowan has cultivated Glasgow Seed Library, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, currently co-organises Un/Nature, a queer ecologies reading group at Glasgow Zine Library, and is developing The Sentient Garden, a multispecies and multisensory commission at Forgan Arts Centre, Fife.