Rosie Connelly

BREATH/LESS

 

 

BREATH/LESS digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, mask, glove, BFK Rives paper, 2021.

My work draws equally from analog and digital processes in photography and printmaking. I envision my work as alternative hybrid landscapes that are inspired by, and move fluidly between, built/natural environments and cyberspace. These tangible and intangible spaces are visually filtered and manipulated through digital glitches and ink anomalies. By embracing “mistakes” and highlighting imperfections, I bring the viewer into a world of textures and mishaps. I balance my personal observations and experiences with data and statistical research. The collected information is organized into documentary photomontages which are ultimately expressed in traditional means.

BREATH/LESS takes an in-depth look into the year 2020. Each print is representative of one month of this devastating year. In these prints, I address events that unfolded at the local, national and international levels. From the unjust killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, to countless natural disasters, 2020 will be a year that we will never forget. No matter what month you peer into, you will always be confronted with the lingering crisis that is the pandemic. I spent most of 2020 living vicariously through news stations and social media. This body of work was heavily informed by what I saw, heard, read and chose to further research. I relied heavily on technology to keep me updated and in the loop of what was happening beyond my four walls. The textual information you see is a compilation of news headlines and articles, internet imagery searches, scholarly research papers, and social media posts. All of this information was organized and then manipulated in Photoshop. The compositions were then transferred onto paper through traditional print processes. Knowing that COVID-19 was the underlying issue that occurred throughout 2020, I chose to cut out “windows” and hand stitch pieces of masks and gloves into the paper. This decision reveals that without fail, the global pandemic was always present underneath. Anything that occurred was considered as something “on top of” this public health crisis. My goal with this body of work is to force the viewer to face these challenges head on, instead of attempting to erase all that has happened. Much of what started in 2020, will continue into 2021 and beyond. Moving forward, it’s vital that we address these uncomfortable feelings, accept what has occured and heal together.

See more at rosieconnelly.com and @rosieconnelly_

January 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, mask on BFK Rives paper, 2021
February 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, glove on BFK Rives paper, 2021
March 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, mask, glove on BFK Rives paper, 2021
April 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, mask on BFK Rives paper, 2021
May 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, mask on BFK Rives paper, 2021
June 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, mask on BFK Rives paper, 2021
July 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, glove on BFK Rives paper, 2021
August 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, mask, glove on BFK Rives paper, 2021
September 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, glove on BFK Rives paper, 2021
October 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, mask on BFK Rives paper, 2021
November 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, glove on BFK Rives paper, 2021
December 2020, digital collage, poly-plate lithograph, screenprint, thread, mask on BFK Rives paper, 2021
January 2020 (detail)
June 2020 (detail)
June 2020 (detail)
August 2020 (detail)
October 2020 (detail)
October 2020 (detail)
November 2020 (detail)

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Good on ya Rosie … looks great and love the video.
After all your direction changes, you settled in on a great solution.
(we can chat more later… just wanted to test the comment function)
What a long strange trip it’s been.

Good job, Rosie. It was a year like no other in so many ways, and you took it on and made a powerful statement about it. It’s impressive that you’ve learned these varied processes and techniques (and Photoshop), and it was great to see you putting them to use making your art. And your artist’s statement is a strong one. I do think there are a lot of people who would rather sweep the year under the carpet and forget it ever happened, and it’s work like yours that reminds us that we do that at our peril.

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