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Rosemary Powelson
updated: 08/23/2013
website: www.bfish.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Suspended Chambers
Tethered
Silent/Empty
Sans Tous/Without You
In the Hill
Unexpected
Waiting
Flight
Above/Below
Empty Chambers
Arrhythmia
Small Room
Passes and Returns
Between
More Hearts Needed
 
Portfolio Keywords:  autobiographical, figurative, narrative, psychological, collage
 
 
Suspended Chambers by Rosemary Powelson
Suspended Chambers
graphite, pigment pencil, fabric on paper
2007
25" x  19" 
Tethered by Rosemary Powelson
Tethered
graphite, pigment pencil, ink, fabric on paper
2007
25" x  19" 
Silent/Empty by Rosemary Powelson
Silent/Empty
ink, photo collage on paper
2007
11" x  17" 
Sans Tous/Without You by Rosemary Powelson
Sans Tous/Without You
ink, photo collage on paper
2007
11" x  17" 
In the Hill by Rosemary Powelson
In the Hill
ink and graphite on paper
2007
11" x  17" 
Unexpected by Rosemary Powelson
Unexpected
ink on paper
2007
25" x  19" 
Waiting by Rosemary Powelson
Waiting
ink and pigment pencil on paper
2007
22" x  15" 
Flight by Rosemary Powelson
Flight
ink, graphite, collage on paper
2007
25" x  19" 
Above/Below by Rosemary Powelson
Above/Below
ink, photo collage on paper
2007
11" x  25" 
Empty Chambers by Rosemary Powelson
Empty Chambers
ink, photo collage on paper
2007
11" x  25" 
Arrhythmia by Rosemary Powelson
Arrhythmia
mixed media on board
2008
11" x  8.5" 
Small Room by Rosemary Powelson
Small Room
mixed media on paper
2008
11" x  8.5" 
Passes and Returns by Rosemary Powelson
Passes and Returns
mixed media on paper
2008
11" x  8.5" 
Between by Rosemary Powelson
Between
ink, graphite, xerography on paper
2008
11" x  42" 
More Hearts Needed by Rosemary Powelson
More Hearts Needed
collage, photo, felt, mixed media on paper
2008
26" x  42" 

Artist Statement
In the hospital the doctors and nurses told me that the human heart is the size of a fist. On the Internet I found out that it weighs nine to 10 ounces. After holding the human heart from the anatomy lab I know its weight feels about like the weight of a handful of earth. As a child I understood that a beating heart meant I was alive, but when my husband had a heart attack and bypass surgery in June, 2006, I also learned that hearts can be rescued, mechanically kept alive, and repaired.

Early on I coped by researching and studying the human heart, heart disease, and bypass surgery, and although this science was fascinating, I kept coming back to the idea of a stopped heart with a body tethered and kept alive by a machine. For inspiration I looked at images of the “other self” in Ancient Egyptian art, the ascending figures in El Greco’s religious paintings, and the unfinished sculpture of Michelangelo. I also listened to my husband describe how he felt vacated and empty, how his core was gone when he was coming back to life after his surgery. I realized that for both of us time and space had been suspended, and I wanted to explore my experiences during the days between his broken heart and his healing heart.

My process has changed and become more contemplative and filled with hours of silence before any creative action takes place. Like most narrative artists, I use symbolic color to support the story. Red stands for blood, heat, or love, while blue is sky, water, or cold. Yellow symbolizes the sun and hope, and the light root beer brown color represents body fluids. I use materials and techniques that allow color to bleed, soak, run, pool, gather, and clot. Collage is a dominant process, and I am intrigued by its similarity to bypass surgery -- cutting and borrowing from one source and adding it into a new environment to create a fresh, alternative meaning.

Artist Bio / CV
Education
        MFA    Michigan State University, East Lansing
        BFA    University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Collections
        Art Institute of Chicago
        Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
        Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Michigan
        Hackley Art Museum, Michigan
        Alma College, Michigan        
        Sioux City Art Center, Iowa
Selected Exhibitions
2007        Port Angeles Art Center; Seed; Port Angeles, Washington
Blackfish Gallery; Group Show; Portland, Oregon
Gallery 110; Suspended Chambers; Solo; Seattle, Washington
        Portland Art Center; I-5 Merge; Group; Portland Art Center; Portland, Oregon
2006        South Puget Sound Community College; 10 Years of Collages; Solo; Olympia
        Tilt Gallery; Horizon Line; Portland, Oregon
        Gallery 110; Affiliate Group Exhibit; Seattle, Washington
2005        Evergreen State College Gallery; Painted Word; Olympia, Washington
2004        Tacoma Art Museum; Northwest Biennial; Tacoma, Washington
2003        Blackfish Gallery; Time-Variable; Portland, Oregon
        Port Angeles Fine Arts Center; Homeland; Port Angeles, Washington
2002        Chase Gallery; Gathered Moments; Spokane, Washington
        Interstate Cultural Center; Solo, Dawn and Dusk; Portland, Oregon
        Kellog University Art Gallery; Ink and Clay; California State                     Polytechnic University
        Pittsburg State University; Plain Arts IV; Pittsburg, Kansas
        Chemeketa Community College; American Portfolio; Salem, Oregon
2001        Paris Gibson Museum of Art; Art Equinox: Regional Survey; Juror’s Prize                 for Photography; Great Falls, Montana
        Green River Community College; Solo, Dawn and Dusk; Seattle
2000        Meadows Gallery; University of Texas; National Works on Paper
        Weber State University; National Drawing Competition; Utah
1999        Nebraska Wesleyan University; National Juried Competition
1998        Whatcom Museum of Art; NW International Competition
1997        UC Davis Design Gallery; International Mask Competition; Juror’s Prize
1996        Washington State University Art Gallery; Invitational Group Exhibit
Gallery Affiliation
        Blackfish Gallery; Portland, Oregon
        Tilt Gallery; Portland, Oregon