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Hastings, East Sussex, UK

© 2019 by Pip Rowson. All images © Lee Shearman and Pip Rowson.

POETRY

My poetry focuses on the relationship between the mundanity of the everyday and the magnificence of the natural world. I often work with found material, especially documents usually considered dull or dry (such as technical manuals) to repurpose the language as poetry.

 

RECENT WORK

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MOVING TO MARS

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FATHOMS

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NEAP TIDE




No-to-low risk of:

coral, mangroves,

glaciers, lava flows


A companion to Fathoms, this poem features elements from the same admiralty chart in a poem about seeking drama in safety.


Neap Tide: the tide just after the first and third quarters of the moon, when the difference between high and low tide is at its smallest.


A collaboration with artist Lee Shearman. Produced as a handmade miniature book by Micro Library Books. 32 concertina pages, 160gsm paper, lavender-coloured rayon cover with printed belly band.

Dimensions when closed: 35 x 50 x 14mm.

Your outstretched arms: a coast

imperfectly known, a shoreline

unsurveyed.


A visual-led poem about the beginning of a relationship. The text incorporates captions from Symbols and Abbreviations used on Admiralty Charts, Hydrographic Dept., MoD, Taunton, Nov. 1973. 

Fathom: a unit of length equal to six feet, in reference to the depth of water. From the Old English 'fæthm', the original sense was 'something that embraces'; hence the measurement is based on the span of the outstretched arms from fingertip to fingertip. 


A collaboration with artist Lee Shearman. Produced as a handmade miniature book by Micro Library Books. 32 concertina pages, 160gsm paper, tweed green rayon cover with printed belly band.

Dimensions when closed: 35 x 50 x 14mm.

Corms,      domes

'Abodes of Life'

inflatable habitat      prototypes


A series of three visual-led poems created for the Design Museum's shop to coincide with the Moving to Mars exhibition - an immersive experience exploring the Martian landscape and rethinking the design of daily life. 


A collaboration with artist Lee Shearman, each of the three books - Arrive & Explore, Survive & Expand and Thrive & Exploit - focuses on a different stage of potential relocation to the red planet.

Produced as handmade miniature books by Micro Library Books. Giclee print on 180 gsm Xativa paper with rayon and card hardbound covers. Dimensions: 35mm x 50mm x 14mm (closed) 35 x 50 x 1088mm (unfurled).