Saginaw Art Museum
Rosalie Vass: When Sky Meets Earth
Rosalie Vass, Girl From Ipenema, 1993
Mixed water media and pencil, 43 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.
The Saginaw Art Museum is pleased to present the
exhibition When Sky Meets Earth by Rosalie Waranius Vass. The show
is comprised of about 15 works in watercolors and mixed media, and will
be on display in the First-Floor Center Gallery from September 5 - October
- Though Waranius Vass's art has variously been described as "rich
- geometry and design," as teeming with "pattern and color,"
as "precisely ordered,
- confetti-colored," and as "whimsical," there is power
in her production. Her canon
- comprises work rich in conception and execution, mature texts that
- human connection to the global environment. Though many of Vass's paintings
- confound and conflate the usual expectations in landscape paintings,
- the sense of curvature, of tilt, of gravity, both physical and intellectual.
And that may
- be the triumph of Vass's body of work: the interplay of the heavens
and the earth,
- the connectedness of animal life and human and divine.
- To look at Vass's work is to understand the integration of play and
- The intense use of color, primaries and purples, pastels and pastiche,
- the willingness to play with the viewers' expectations, and yet the
art causes us to
- want those unexpected delights. Her willingness to play with scenes
- observed in the physical world and those she has seen only in her mind
- to produce art that conveys certain truths about a fragile natural
ecology. And though
- she might not call herself an environmental artist, the fragility comes
- multi-media representations of the natural and supernatural world.
- juxtaposed to fields of cows; tulips overlay bright skies of red and
blue, sun acts as
- spotlight on a village nestled in a valley; coyotes function as fence
for grazing sheep.
- The text on her canvas is meant to be read, where signs and symbols
- arrayed for the viewer's pleasure. Rational interpretation and affective
- both right - those who look at this artist's body of work can employ
- and whether it be gut level or cerebral, there is the pleasure of the
- Janice Wolff, PhD
- Saginaw Valley State University
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