Roxanne Gatt, also known by the pseudonym Roxman Gatt, works with video, performance, photography, painting, text, and CGI. Roxman’s research explores sexuality, identity, consumer culture, and the position of women within popular culture and consumption. Mundane aesthetics and the internet become both a tool and a trigger to produce work. Roxman is interested in capturing and communicating aspects of own intimacy and approaches art as a form of sexual and emotional healing. The aesthetic qualities of authentic emotions and real relationships, including love and friendship, as well as encounters with strangers is a crucial part of Roxman’s practice. ®egistered ©opies™ is a collective set up by Roxman with fellow artist Charlott-Maeve Perret in 2014 and is an online platform exploring the area between the bedroom, gallery and online shop.
Part of Roxman’s practice involves the photography of women being themselves, away from the constraints imposed by societal norms and this is an important element in this body of work.
Constantly trying to ‘make it’. But what does that even mean? Constantly being faced with information about and images of amazing people, amazing art, amazing lifestyle, fame and success, are we are our own person?
Oil on canvas, spray, Nike sock, photographic print on self-adhesive plastic and matt paper.
Throughout history but continuing to the present, femininity within sport follows a narrow, Western, middle-class ideal. Roxman sees this not only as exploitation but also repressive sexism.
Transforming and uploading ourselves into our desired super beings is our new form of expression, typing and staring into the screen is our new form of communication. How has the internet changed the way we love and express our emotions, behave as sexual beings?
Roxman sings about the pleasure of sex and disturbance to this caused by an obsession with cleanliness. The narrative is not autobiographical, more an exploration of the sadness and humour around sexual incompatibility.
2017 The Choice of a New Generation, The Muse at 269, London, UK
2017 Homo Melitensis: An Incomplete Inventory in 19 Chapters, Malta Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice Italy
2017 Pointless Protest, A Sculpture, 10 Downing Street, London, UK
2017 I Miss You, Blockbuster, A217, London, UK
2017 The Sacred 419, The Square Gallery, London, UK
2016 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London, UK
2016 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK
2015 Hyperstore, Holdron’s Arcade, London, UK
2015 Chris Garnham Prize
2013 Magnum Showcase Online Photography Award