“They stood staring at each other for a long time, touching tenderly, slowly shedding their skins. His shoes were covered in sawdust. In a gentle game, each observed the other lethargically, like reptiles. They lived through the days and nights under the spell of their tenderness, remaining silent.”
Rebecca Horn: La Lune Rebelle (Stuttgart: Edition Cantz, 1993).
"[Rosanna van Mierlo] provides a philosophically rich and insightful examination on fur as a complex question which is far from being simply ‘skin deep’. [...] it’s a pleasure when you encounter a piece of writing that forces you to chase a new idea across texts you thought you knew well! An exemplary piece of work." - Goldsmiths University Report, 2015
Rebecca Horn, Kakadu Maske, Video 1973 Tate Modern, UK
Published 2010, AKV/St. Joost, NL
Chemicals Flesh & Paper Bones
"...Chemical Flesh and Paper Bones is a testimony of critical self-reflection and a clear positioning within photography and fine art discourse. [...] Rosanna van Mierlo possesses undeniable writing skills. In her dissertation she uses those skills, amongst other things, to create fascinating dialogues with Socrates, Philip Akkerman, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Cindy Sherman, Fiona Tan and herself. Language is for her an imaginative, visual instrument [...] a source of inspiration for future students."