Jamaica Plain Open Studios Gallery

Ruth Rosner

Location: Taylor House 50 Burroughs Street JP


The totemic women I sculpt are born of remnants: shards, debris, discarded objects, evocative relics of the street. The source of their vulnerability is the source of their strength and power. Beginning with the face, I work intuitively, excavating from the inside out. I incorporate found materials into the figures as I construct forms with wire, plaster, wood, pulp, volcanic ash or clay.These women of all races, ages, alone or in concert, speak, sing, shout. They stand as guardians, oracles, voices for the voiceless and unheard.

Ruth Rosner studied sculpture with Raphael Sabatini at an intensive program at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. And she has studied privately with artist mentors in Boston and Cambridge. She received a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MA from Boston University. Her first installation, Phalanx of the Long-Necked Women, was juried by the Director of Mass MoCA, Joseph C. Campbell, into the National Prize Show 2005, sponsored by the Cambridge Art Association at the University Place Gallery in Cambridge.  She has exhibited at MPG Contemporary, Galatea Fine Art, the Bromfield Gallery, the St. Botolph Gallery, ArtSpace Maynard, Mobius, at the Wheaton Biennial at Wheaton College and at Fenway Park. She has shown work at the Resnikoff Gallery at Roxbury Community College, Cambridge College,The Harriet Tubman House, the Marran Gallery at Lesley University, Copley Place and The Massachusetts State House. she has exhibited at the State Transportation Building in Boston and most recently in Portsmouth, NH at the Governor Langdon House as part of Sculpted Spaces, Historic Places. She is a member of the New England Sculptors Association. The great honor, for Ruth Rosner was to be part of MIGRATIONS at the Resnikoff Gallery in the Media Arts Center at Roxbury Community College in 2015, sponsored by VIOLENCE TRANSFORMED. This exhibition dealt with the most significant concern for humanity: the creation of a humane and richly livable world for everyone across all boundaries. She has worked with children in art and writing workshops in Boston and Brookline and received two Brookline Cultural Council Grants sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as part of that work. The year that the Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated, she taught writing and drawing to first and second graders at the Quincy Dickerman School in Roxbury. That experience has had a profound effect on the sculpture she creates as did the death of a young cousin, working in Somalia for the United Nations.She was honored to be the featured artist in the September/October 2014 issue of artscope.

Business Name: Ruth Rosner /TOTEMIC FEMALE SCULPTURE
Phone: 617-803-1272
Email: Rosnerrr@aol.com

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