tDrawing often seems to me both the most personal and the most complex of statements. It is capable of self modification, dependent clauses, opposing visions, irony and uncertainty as well as the definite line.
I am an abstract painter. The first drawings I made that convinced me were mixed media pieces on American Etching Paper, which I finished in 1979. That year and in 1980, I made paintings based on these drawings. Now, the association between drawing and painting is less conscious. It is rather that I work on ideas in both mediums. The results are different, but related. It’s interesting to me that 31 years later I have used the same materials and the same paper to make these 2010 drawings.
Artist Bio / CV
Jo Ann Rothschild is an abstract painter. Recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the area’s best practitioners of large scale abstraction, in 2005, Christine Temin commented further in the Globe on the Seriousness and modesty of Rothschild’s work, artistic qualities she was said to share with Giotto. She has shown work in Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Freiburg Germany and Havana, Cuba. The latter hosted her first retrospective at the National Theatre Building in 2001. Her next one person exhibition is scheduled for 2011 at the Boston gallery, HallSpace.
In 1993, she was the first recipient of the Maud Morgan Purchase Prize of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to the BMFA, her work is in most major public collections in the Boston area, including the Fogg Museum at Harvard, The Rose Museum at Brandeis, and the Boston Public Library. Through The Art Connection, she has placed more than one hundred pieces with nonprofit organizations. In 1998, she received a grant in painting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
In 2003 and 2004, with Linda Price Snedden, she organized the drawing project e-VENT, a response to the Patriot Act, which involved more than 150 artists in producing a drawing which was then auctioned to benefit the Massachusetts ACLU. In 2001 she started the Pine Street Inn art program, where she continues to teach. Pine Street is the largest homeless shelter in Massachusetts. In the nine years of this project it has reached more than 1000 guests and has involved more than 20 artists teaching 25 different classes. She received an MVP for this work from the Patriot foundation in 2006.
Her 1989 satire, The Book of Penis! was published in 2010, by Pressed Wafer Press.