Phyllis Rosser “Ecstatic Views of Nature: Painting and Sculpture”

Ceres Gallery

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[Image: Phyllis Rosser "Passion Flower" acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 in.]

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Ceres Gallery presents Phyllis Rosser’s Ecstatic Views of Nature, a retrospective of her paintings and sculpture.

Rosser’s paintings of gardens are utopian versions of the constructed landscape found in various places in the world. Flowers and plants are depicted as living sculptures. Her paintings seduce us into examining their natural forms and colors close up. Their brilliant and dynamic use of color and precise lines invite the viewer to walk inside the blossoms. Art Historian/Critic Anne Swartz says “We’re looking at nature in its glory, at its most copious….the flowers are truly romantic in that they are both beautiful (vital forms) and sublime (prompting a sense of awe at the spectacle of nature).”

The wildness of nature is celebrated in her sculpture: tree limbs and branches stripped bare of their bark and bleached in the sun. She gathers them from the banks of the Connecticut River in Vermont and transforms them into abstract constructions. The power and resilience of the wood as it collects on the banks of the river is echoed in the way the branches are woven into her wall-hung sculptures. Their surfaces are left bare to recall their earlier life rushing through water which heightens the sensuality of the bare wood. Rosser titles her work with phrases from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass to express their shared exuberance for the natural world.

Ecstatic Views of Nature will include 18 paintings and 15 sculptures. This is Phyllis Rosser’s 20th solo show. She is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Microsoft Art Collection, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Sylvia Sleigh collection at Rowan University and Janssen Associates. She has appeared in many group shows in New York, New Jersey and throughout New England.



from March 03, 2020 to March 28, 2020

Opening Reception on 2020-03-13 from 18:00 to 20:00


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