ROGER THORP BIOGRAPHY – DR VIRGINIA BUTTON (excerpt)
Artist Roger Thorp’s multi-media installations are unapologetically infused with a nostalgic romanticism. His work is informed by a deeply-felt belief that as a society, and as individuals, we need to come home, to remember a less rapacious and frenetic way of living, more connected on an emotional level to each other, and to nature. But if his work is a protest, it’s an optimistic and tender one.
Interest in the autobiographical, in memory, the appreciation of beauty and poetic use of word and image to evoke emotional responses all feature in his work. Based in Cornwall, he has developed a body of work in which film (his original practice) is often combined with other media to create immersive installations that set out to speak directly to the heart rather than the head.