Landscape is the source for the images I paint. The paintings may be about a specific place, or a certain experience of a place. Some are inspired by other artists - most recently works by European early Renaissance masters. My paintings are not actual landscapes, but are constructed. Forms are repeated, emphasized, manipulated, or invented. There is a tension between form and what’s going on in the real world. And the form (lakes, rivers, dips, ditches, open fields, etc.) isn’t just a product of what I see, but combines what I know about constructing paintings with some deep and as yet unconscious memory system with what I see in the landscape. The works are intuitive. The forms can be symbolic, and are open to interpretation.
The paintings are small in scale, (average dimensions 12 inches). My goal is to create an intimate experience of vast, expansive space. By using the elements of the landscape I hope to create a kind of new reality, where memory is mixed and intertwined with an emotional response, to produce a different psychological experience, and a new interpretation of place.
Laura Von Rosk
1989 M.F.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
1986 B.F.A., State University of New York at Purchase, Purchase, NY.