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 the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Although focusing on painting during her formal art education, returning to collage art as a primary medium was a natural transition. From a young age, she has been cutting, pasting, and leaving trails of scrap paper around the house.
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 the shifting nature of the internal landscape. 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 to 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 traditions of folk magic and brujeria, as a nod to the empowered ‘wise woman’ archetype.
BFA in Painting
2002 – 2003 • Halifax, Canada
University of Guelph
BA Studio Art/Art History
1998 – 2002 • Guelph, Canada
painting collage mixed media vintage