Phyllis Rosser “The Painted Garden”

Ceres Gallery

poster for Phyllis Rosser “The Painted Garden”
[Image: Phyllis Rosser "Winter Storm" wood, 34 x 94 x 18.5 in.]

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Phyllis Rosser invokes the wildness of nature in her latest solo exhibition of sculpture and paintings opening March 28th. Tree limbs stripped bare of their bark, which she gathers from the banks of the Connecticut River in Vermont, are woven into large abstract constructions. The assembled limbs are left in their natural state, which suggests their earlier life rushing through water and heightens the sensuality of the bare wood surface. Some sculptures are painted vibrant colors to make the lyrical patterns of their construction more explicit. Rosser uses phrases from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass for her titles to express exuberance and passion for the natural world.

Her relationship with nature is even more ecstatic in the garden and flower paintings. The gardens are utopian views of the constructed landscape - flowers and plants arranged as living sculptures. The flower paintings create erotic excitement by allowing the viewer to see their natural forms and colors close up, revealing them as both beautiful and sublime. “She captures nature as a bold and optimistic experience in her art. We become more enlightened, more human, immersing ourselves in her crafted world,” says Art Critic/Historian Anne Swartz.

The Painted Forest will include eight large and ten smaller sculptures as well as four garden and flower paintings. This is Phyllis Rosser’s 19th solo show. She is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Microsoft Art Collection, the Smith College Museum of Art, Rowan University Art Gallery and Johnson & Johnson, and has appeared in many group shows in New York, New England and New Jersey.



from March 28, 2017 to April 22, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-04-07 from 18:00 to 20:00


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