Phyllis Rosser

American, b. 1934 Rochester, NY, based in New York, NY

About Phyllis Rosser

Phyllis Rosser

Flying Cloud   

2014    

Wood                     

11 x 18 x 6 in 

$700

Phyllis Rosser

Sea Reefs  

2008    

Wood           

23 x 15 x 5 in 

$750

Phyllis Rosser

Off Center Azure

2008

Wood         

27 x 18 x 3 in

$750

Phyllis Rosser

Shades of Night

2017

Wood

11 x 7 x 3 in  

$300

Phyllis Rosser

Tidal Pool

2008

Wood

25 x 20 x 9 in  

$300

Phyllis Rosser

Unknown Stones

2014

Wood   

13 x 6 x 3 in

$300

Phyllis Rosser

Cloud Trumpet  

2008

Wood

23 x 17 x 6 in

$750

Phyllis Rosser

Nests of Waterbays 

2017

Wood 

14 x 12 x 5 in

$400

Phyllis Rosser

Electric Fire

2017

Wood       

14 x 10 x 4 in

$500

Phyllis Rosser

Measureless Light

2014 

Wood    

15 x 8 x 3 in

$300

Phyllis Rosser

Southern Wind 

2017

Wood        

10 x 19 x 6 in

$400

Phyllis Rosser

Shadowy Cedars

2014

Wood  

11 x 8 x 4 in

$300

Phyllis Rosser

Sheltered Moon

2014

Wood

11 x 6 x 3 in

$300

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Artist’s Statement

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“Using wood stripped bare of its bark and washed smooth by the Connecticut River in Bellows Falls, Vermont, I construct dynamic sculptures that mirror natural compositions in the environment.  In the decaying branches thrown on the shore, especially as they turn silvery gray, I see the weathered barn doors of my childhood farm.  The energy of the wood - its muted colors and infinite patterns of grains as well as its broken forms have a power for me, suggesting something that endures even as a tree completes its life cycle.

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I began collecting wood on the beaches near my home many years ago before finding the endless source of river wood below the railroad damn.   My work represents a struggle for sensuousness by transforming and revaluing a material often considered refuse into an object that is appealing and alive. The wood, honed to its essence, is assembled to create a subtle play of color in shades of rust, hazel, silver and charcoal to display not only the enduring aspect of nature, but the unique beauty which is expressed through its vulnerability to the ravages of time.”

-Phyllis Rosser

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Biography

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Phyllis Rosser constructs sculptures made of wood found along the shores of the Connecticut River.  Rosser’s compositions reflect the natural way the wood is found, honed to its essence by water and time.  

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The artist finds inspiration in the material itself, revealing a subtle play of texture and color in shades of rust, hazel, silver and charcoal.  The intertwining pieces of each work show a struggle between sensuality and strength.  Rosser is drawn to the vulnerability in the decay of nature and its enduring ability to transform and create new life.     

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