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The Accounting of Canton Plantation - Rose Anderson

The Accounting of Canton Plantation - Rose Anderson
Title: The Accounting of Canton Plantation - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 24 x 36 Inches - Year: 2019. The statue of John O'Donnell of Baltimore, who owned around 70 enslaved people at the time of his death in 1805. As of this writing in December 2019 his statue still stands in the center of a public square that bears his name, on the Baltimore City street that bears his name, in the neighborhood of Canton, which is named for one of his plantations.

John O'Donnell of Baltimore: A Historical Account

The Scroll's surface describes the area surrounding the John O'Donnell statue in Baltimore City. The mouse clicks and scrolling interactions are an archeological dig uncovering the Baltimore founding father's documented cruelty and his history as a slaveholder. Title: John O'Donnell of Baltimore: A Historical Account - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll Created With Written Word, Photography, Digital Artwork, HTML, CSS and PHP Functions - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2019.

Annunciation

Annunciation - Rose Anderson
Title: Annunciation - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 36 x 26 Inches - Year: 2019. A composition that recontextualizes a 1996 photo of my forced marriage in a religious cult as a way to explore patriarchal constructs and Eurocentric religious archetypes used as mechanisms for control.

Autodidact - Interactive Scroll by Rose Anderson (Demo)

What at first appears to be a rags-to-riches tale of a self-made business woman becomes a darker story that questions how ideas about race influence the judgements we make. Title: Autodidact - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll Created With Written Word, Photography, Digital Artwork, HTML, CSS and PHP Functions - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2019. This is a short video demo of interactive content hosted here: https://artistroseanderson.com/autodidact/

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About Rose

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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. Anderson now lives and... more

Deconstructing Unfreedom With Contemporary Printmaking

Growing up captive in a religious cult allowed me to emerge into the world with an adult mind unsullied by popular belief. I use this as a lens for examining concepts of gender, race, and socio-economic power from a different perspective.

I developed photo composition as a contemporary printmaking medium. I build a massive digital file with dozens of photos and effects layers in Adobe Photoshop in the way that a traditional printmaker might carve a wood block to create a detailed image, or prepare multiple matrices for layers of color in a lithograph. Once I have combined all of the layers digitally, the file can be sent to a pigment inkjet printer that produces the printed work on watercolor rag. This process is a way for me to connect and integrate dozens of separate photographs within one print that recontextualizes and re-examines them.

In addition to photographing nature as a primary backdrop for my compositions, I also take photos of found objects and abandoned industrial structures. My exploration of unfreedom incorporates classical statuary and architecture to explore how they permeate material culture as symbols of white superiority and socio-economic dominance. Many of my photos are landmarks I have visited or artifacts I have held that are actually linked to chattel slavery.

For each work sample, I have uploaded a resized copy of the digital file containing all of the combined photo and effects layers for printing.

  • In the End

    Rose Anderson - In the End
    Title: In the End - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 36 x 24 Inches - Year: 2019. On the portico of Hampton Mansion stands a statue, a custom portrait in marble of the infant child of one of the wealthiest slave-holding families in Maryland, the Ridgelys. The Latin inscription I have added translates: "I shall perish".
  • Memento Mori

    Memento Mori - Rose Anderson
    Title: Memento Mori - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 36 x 24 Inches - Year: 2018. Richard the Ironmaster, slaveholder at Montpelier in Laurel, is long dead. The symbols of his supremacy are mere ephemera he bought stolen human lives. The Latin title of this piece translates: "Remember that you will die".
  • On This Site

    Rose Anderson - On This Site
    Title: On This Site - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 24 x 36 Inches - Year: 2018. In the muddy foreground lies an iron corn-shucking tool that would have been used by an enslaved person.
  • If Only

    "If Only", 32 x 20 inches, Archival Pigment Print from Digital Photo Composition, Rose Anderson, 2019
    Title: "If Only" - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 32 x 20 Inches - Year: 2019. In retrospect, perhaps we could have done some things differently.
  • In Captivity

    In Captivity - Rose Anderson
    Title: In Captivity - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 24 x 36 Inches - Year: 2019. The birds have their freedom.
  • The Ironmaster's Providence

    Rose Anderson: The Ironmaster's Providence
    Title: The Ironmaster's Providence - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 24 x 36 Inches - Year: 2018. If you visit the immaculately restored Ridgely Mansion, you can sit on this charming antebellum iron bench and look out at the formal gardens. On a tour of the mansion, a guide will tell you how the children who lived here kept squirrels as pets. Close by but out of site, enslaved people endured hell on earth in the Ridgely's iron forges.
  • For This is Sacred Ground

    For This is Sacred Ground - Rose Anderson
    Title: For This is Sacred Ground - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 48 x 27 Inches - Year: 2019. Free blacks built a community near the Gunpowder River where they had been formerly enslaved in the forges. In September 1887, black and white participants gathered together to pray at the old site of the forges where the railroad bridge crosses the river today, and iron bolts from the industrial operation could still be seen protruding from the rocks.
  • Cult of the White Madonna

    Cult of the White Madonna - Rose Anderson
    Title: Cult of the White Madonna - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 36 x 27 Inches - Year: 2019. A white marble statue of a mother and child, members of the slave-holding Ridgely family. The statue was created as a portrait and still stands on the portico of Hampton Mansion. The Ridgely statue has replaced a statue of the Virgin Mary in this photo of my mother, circa 1960. The Latin inscription I have added roughly translates: "Adore and emulate us."
  • The Accounting of Canton Plantation

    The Accounting of Canton Plantation - Rose Anderson
    Title: The Accounting of Canton Plantation - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 24 x 36 Inches - Year: 2019. The statue of John O'Donnell of Baltimore, who owned around 70 enslaved people at the time of his death in 1805. As of this writing in December 2019 his statue still stands in the center of a public square that bears his name, on the Baltimore City street that bears his name, in the neighborhood of Canton, which is named for one of his plantations.
  • Annunciation

    Annunciation - Rose Anderson
    Title: Annunciation - Medium: Digital Photo Composition from Digital Photography, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Rag - Size: 36 x 26 Inches - Year: 2019. A composition that recontextualizes a 1996 photo of my forced marriage in a religious cult as a way to explore patriarchal constructs and Eurocentric religious archetypes used as mechanisms for control.

Storytelling With Interactive Digital Scrolls

On their surface, Scrolls are a series of short sentences or paragraphs I have written to tell a complete story on a computer or tablet screen. You can click and scroll with a mouse or interact with a touch screen to reveal more text, which can change the meaning of the story at the Scroll’s surface entirely.

When I emerged from the religious cult of my childhood and young adulthood, 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 this contemporary storytelling medium I often use both my photography and my digital photo compositions to illustrate the pages, as well as other graphic art created expressly for the Scroll. Scrolls are both a deconstruction and an expansion of my printmaking work, contextualizing many of the same component images and concepts.

Each work sample is a short video showing how someone might interact with the Scroll, and each includes a link to the interactive artwork.

  • Woman on a Pedestal - Interactive Scroll by Rose Anderson (Demo)

    A triumphant speech I gave when graduating from four years of indoctrination in Eurocentrism and conservative womanhood -- and what was really happening behind the scenes. Title: Woman on a Pedestal - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll Created With Written Word, Photography, Digital Artwork, HTML, CSS and PHP Functions - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2018. This is a short video demo of interactive artwork hosted here: https://artistroseanderson.com/woman-on-a-pedestal/
  • A Thing of Transcendent Beauty - Interactive Scroll by Rose Anderson (Demo)

    A story about a young girl in love. Interacting with the scroll explores where ultra-conservative constructs around gender roles originated and where they ultimately lead. Title: A Thing of Transcendent Beauty - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll Created With Written Word, Photography, Digital Artwork, HTML, CSS and PHP Functions - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2019. This is a short video demo of interactive artwork hosted here: https://artistroseanderson.com/a-thing-of-transcendent-beauty/
  • Autodidact - Interactive Scroll by Rose Anderson (Demo)

    What at first appears to be a rags-to-riches tale of a self-made business woman becomes a darker story that questions how ideas about race influence the judgements we make. Title: Autodidact - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll Created With Written Word, Photography, Digital Artwork, HTML, CSS and PHP Functions - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2019. This is a short video demo of interactive content hosted here: https://artistroseanderson.com/autodidact/
  • From There to Here - Digital Interactive Scroll by Rose Anderson (Demo)

    It's the American dream--if I can make it, anyone can, right? Title: From There to Here - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll Created With Written Word, Photography, Digital Artwork, HTML, CSS and PHP Functions - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2018. This is a short demo video of interactive artwork hosted here: https://artistroseanderson.com/from-there-to-here/
  • Flightless - Interactive Digital Scroll by Rose Anderson (Demo)

    "Why didn't you just leave? It was your choice." Title: Flightless - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll Created With Written Word, Photography, Digital Artwork, HTML, CSS and PHP Functions - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2018. This is a short video demo of interactive artwork hosted here: https://artistroseanderson.com/flightless/

Excavating Truth: Historical Scrolls

This is the first Scroll I have completed as I begin a new body of work: Scrolls that investigate historical figures and landmarks to reveal facts suppressed in the generally accepted narrative.

This Scroll begins with a description of the drive to visit the statue of John O'Donnell in Baltimore, the streets surrounding the public square where the statue stands (many of them named for O'Donnell and his family), and the hagiographic text on the plaque near the statue.

The mouse clicks and scrolling interactions are an archeological dig uncovering the Baltimore founding father's documented cruelty and his history as a slaveholder. Moreover, we are led to question how much of what we are invited adore and emulate in such historical figures is even true.

  • John O'Donnell of Baltimore: A Historical Account

    The Scroll's surface describes the area surrounding the John O'Donnell statue in Baltimore City. The mouse clicks and scrolling interactions are an archeological dig uncovering the Baltimore founding father's documented cruelty and his history as a slaveholder. Title: John O'Donnell of Baltimore: A Historical Account - Medium: Interactive Digital Scroll Created With Written Word, Photography, Digital Artwork, HTML, CSS and PHP Functions - Size: Dynamic - Year: 2019.

Photography That Explores Nature and the Inevitable

In my photographic work I explore the beauty of nature and humanity's grand but ill-fated attempts to transcend its immutable laws at any cost. Whereas my Photo Compositions and Scrolls are are an aggregation of disparate images, my photography is a studied deconstruction of the world around us.

To place my photography alongside my photo compositions, I edit the photos for color and light and print them on the same watercolor rag. While my photo compositions imagine scenes in the style of illustration or lithography, I use my minimally edited photographs to bring realness and immediacy to the subject matter.

Process: Recontexualizing Photographs

In my printmaking and in my Scrolls, I use photography as a foundation for visual communication. These work samples are screenshots from my Scrolls and samples from my printmaking that demonstrate the notion of context, a common thread throughout my works in different mediums.

Almost every photograph I have ever used to create a composition has been my own. In this project I have included some rare exceptions: two family photos, and images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, used in my self portrait with permission.

Exploring the Future of Present-day Constructs Through Contemporary Printmaking

My exploration takes on the material culture and social constructs that mask the pervasive and insidious nature of patriarchy, corporatocracy, white privilege, and institutional racism. These works envision the future that is possible--probable--when these constructs dictate political and social systems, forcing large segments of the population to focus intensely on short-term survival.