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The Accounting of Canton Plantation - Rose Anderson
Title: The Accounting of Canton Plantation - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 24 x 36" - Year: 2019. The Statue of slave-owner John O'Donnell who owned Canton Plantation, on the Baltimore street that bears his name.

From There to Here - Digital Interactive Scroll by Rose Anderson (Demo)

Title: From There to Here - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2018. This is a demo video of interactive artwork hosted here: https://artistroseanderson.com/from-there-to-here/

Annunciation

Annunciation - Rose Anderson
Title: Annunciation - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 26 x 36" - Year: 2019

Autodidact - Interactive Scroll by Rose Anderson (Demo)

Title: Autodidact - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2019. This is a video demo of interactive content hosted here: https://artistroseanderson.com/autodidact/

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About Rose

Baltimore County

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At the age of 23, Rose Anderson emerged from a lifetime of captivity into a new world where she would begin in utter poverty and ignorance. She would also have the ability to exercise free thought and free choice for the first time. She now knew that she had been brainwashed from the cradle--but if all of that had been a lie, what was the truth? Anderson's unfree past provides a different perspective for examining concepts of gender, race, and socio-economic power. She explores the material... more

Printmaking

My medium of contemporary printmaking challenges the accepted American narrative by juxtaposing images of historical figures, landmarks linked to chattel slavery, and symbols of social control and patriarchy against immutable nature and the march of time.

Growing up captive within a religious cult allowed me to emerge into the world as an adult with a mind unsullied by popular belief. In taking photographs and creating my photo compositions, I use this “outsider” lens as a different perspective for examining concepts of gender, race, and socio-economic power.

My photo compositions connect and integrate dozens of separate images within one print that re-contextualizes and re-examines them, transcending time, space, and popular beliefs while unearthing the connotations of white male supremacy that permeate our material culture.

This medium I have created looks back on traditional oil painting and print-making techniques, but uses a completely digital process--from photography to the building of the many-layered scene--until the final image is printed.

  • In the End

    Rose Anderson - In the End
    Title: In the End - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 36 x 24" - Year: 2018
  • Memento Mori

    Memento Mori - Rose Anderson
    Title: Memento Mori - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 36 x 24" - Year: 2018
  • On This Site

    Rose Anderson - On This Site
    Title: On This Site - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 24 x 36" - Year: 2018
  • If Only

    "If Only", 32 x 20 inches, Archival Pigment Print from Digital Photo Composition, Rose Anderson, 2019
    "If Only", 32 x 20 inches, Archival Pigment Print from Digital Photo Composition, Rose Anderson, 2019
  • In Captivity

    In Captivity - Rose Anderson
    Title: In Captivity - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 24 x 36" - Year: 2019
  • The Ironmaster's Providence

    Rose Anderson: The Ironmaster's Providence
    Title: The Ironmaster's Providence - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 24 x 36" - Year: 2018
  • For This is Sacred Ground

    For This is Sacred Ground - Rose Anderson
    Title: For This is Sacred Ground - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 48 x 27" - Year: 2019
  • Cult of the White Madonna

    Cult of the White Madonna - Rose Anderson
    Title: Cult of the White Madonna - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 36 x 27" - Year: 2019
  • The Accounting of Canton Plantation

    The Accounting of Canton Plantation - Rose Anderson
    Title: The Accounting of Canton Plantation - Medium: Archival Pigment on Watercolor Rag, Print from Digital Photo Composition - Size: 24 x 36" - Year: 2019

Scrolls

When I emerged from captivity, I had to sift, dig, search, and obsess to uncover the truth as if gradually unrolling an ancient scroll. The interactive Scrolls are a proxy for that first-hand experience as I connect the slavery of the past to current social issues using vignettes of my own captivity.

In an exhibit of twenty photo compositions, Scrolls would be loaded onto six to eight tablets or laptops distributed throughout the space, or users can scan QR codes to interact on their smartphones. My scrolls often use both my photography and my digital photo compositions, as well as other graphic art created expressly for the scrolls. They are both a deconstruction and an expansion of my photography and photo composition work, contextualizing many of the same component images and concepts.

On their surface, Scrolls are a series of short sentences or paragraphs that tell a complete story on the screen. If you so choose, you can engage with the Scrolls by clicking and scrolling with the mouse or interacting with the touch screen to reveal more text, which can change the meaning of the scroll’s “surface” entirely.

Process

At the age of 23, I emerged from a lifetime of captivity into a new world where I would begin in utter poverty and ignorance. I would also have the ability to exercise free thought and free choice for the first time. I now knew that I had been brainwashed from the cradle–but if all of that had been a lie, what was the truth?

My camera became the lens through which I searched. As I continue to push the boundaries of digital photography, printmaking, and prose, I am constantly developing new ways to manipulate, interpret, and recontextualize my photos.

Every element in my digital photo compositions, from the tiniest flowers to the contour of the landscape, is a photograph–sometimes 40 or more individual photographs–that I shot, positioned and manipulated on a digital canvas using Photoshop. This contemporary printmaking process results in a pigment ink print on fine art watercolor rag with effects of depth, perspective, texture, motion, and lighting to mimic traditional 2-D representational mediums.

I use my photography to illustrate my interactive digital scrolls, making the scrolls both a deconstruction and an expansion of my photo compositions, contextualizing many of the same component images and concepts while each also explores new territory. I code the scrolls for interaction on the web using CSS code and PHP functions, adding images throughout the text, in the background, and hidden within areas that can only be seen when interacting with the scroll.

To deconstruct my work is to unearth the artifacts of my past. Under the surface are discoveries that suggest exploration of society as a set of constructs that defines a default and an other, and keeps the “other” relegated to the margins.

Rose's Curated Collection

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