In 2010 Emma Stibbon was Derek Hill Scholar at the British School at Rome. Continuing her line of enquiry into history and collapsed empires Stibbon considers the city as a symbol of both memory and amnesia. Her research focuses on the dialogue between Ancient Rome and Mussolini’s Fascist plans for the city, and considers how architecture is appropriated to lend credibility to new regimes. Her research sets out to explore a response to place through drawing as an expanded practice, including print. Following this period of site based research the artist exhibited the outcomes in the solo exhibitions: 'Falls the Shadow' 10 November – 17 December 2011, R O O M 31 Waterson Street, London E2 8HT www.roomartspace.co.uk Two outsize wall drawings were installed in the gallery alongside a series of smaller ink drawings on paper. 'ROMA' 17 September - 30 October 2011, Rabley Drawing Centre, Mildenhall, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2LW www.rableydrawingcentre.com A series of 14 ink and chalk drawings, and a woodcut on paper. An accompanying catalogue 'Roma' Rabley Drawing Centre UK with essay by Dr Angela Summerfield. A public gallery discussion Roma was given with Meryl Ainslie, Director Rabley Drawing Centre on 8th Oct 2011 'The Gods that Failed' 10 June - 23 July 2011, Beck and Eggeling New Quarters, Bilker Strasse, 4-6, Düsseldorf www.beck-eggeling.de/de/new_quarters/artist/emma_stibbon An installation of large chalk and ink on paper drawings. Accompanying catalogue, text by Gerard Goodrow The Gods that Failed published by Beck and Eggeling Kunstverlag ISBN 3-930919-70-2 (German/English text). A public gallery discussion 'The God’s That Failed / Other Spaces' was given between Emma Stibbon, Apostolos Palavrakis and Gerard Goodrow at Beck and Eggeling New Quarters, Dusseldorf on 14th July 2012.
Research outputs from the Roma series were also exhibited in two group exhibitions: 'Meet Me at the Cemetery Gates' December 2010, British School at Rome Gallery, Via Gramsci 61, 00197 Rome, with Joanna Bryniarska, Alison Crawshaw, Richard Gasper, Martin Simms, David Smith, Emma Stibbon, Lea-Catherine Szacka 'Infinite Beginnings', 31 March - 21 April 2011, Austin Desmond Fine Art, London with Tim Lewis and Julian Perry
Drawing; printmaking; Rome; architecture; Mussolini; fascism and the built space; Ancient Rome; utopian planning