Biography

Rosie Schinners (b.1979) is a collage artist who resides on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Art from the University of Guelph as well as a Bachelor of Fine Art from NSCAD University in Halifax. Although focusing on painting during her formal art education, returning to collage art as a primary medium was a natural transition.

Working primarily with vintage print material, Schinners combines hand-cut collage with vibrant splashes of colour to bring new life to old images. She looks to explore and express fleeting moments of magic, alchemy, and nostalgia. One particular definition of alchemy is ‘a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination’. This alchemy can also be thought of as the invisible energies that surround us, things we cannot see which can make us feel connected or disconnected from the people and places we interact with. Schinners attempts to make that unseen energy visible, whether as magical blooms of flowers, crowds of connected people, or bursts of raw colour.

Recent work has celebrated and reflected the traditions of folk magic and ‘brujeria’ and our relationship to the natural world, all through the lens of the feminine experience.

Education

BFA in Painting

NSCAD University

Halifax, Canada · 2002 – 2003

BA Studio Art/Art History

University of Guelph

Guelph, Canada · 1998 – 2002

Specialties

painting, collage, mixed media, vintage

Elsewhere