Artists

Phyllis Rosser

Phyllis Rosser

Flying Cloud   

2014    

wood                     

11 x 18 x 6 in 

$700

Phyllis Rosser

Low Hanging Moon            

26 x 17 x 7 in  

wood    

2008    

$750

Phyllis Rosser

Off Center Azure            

27 x 18 x 3 in

wood    

2008    

$750

Phyllis Rosser

Sea Reefs                           

23 x 15 x 5 in  

wood    

2008    

$750

Phyllis Rosser

Tidal Pool                          

25 x 20 x 9 in

wood    

2008    

$750

Phyllis Rosser

Cloud Trumpet  

2008

wood

23 x 17 x 6 in

$750

Phyllis Rosser

Shades of Night

11 x 7 x 3 in  

wood

2017

$300

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.

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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.  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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