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Rebirth of the Business District

Rebirth of the Business District - Rose Anderson
Rose Anderson - Rebirth of the Business District - Archival Pigment Print - 18" x 32" - c. 2017

Where Ships Once Passed Under the Bridge

Where Ships Once Passed Under the Bridge - Rose Anderson
Rose Anderson - Where Ships Once Passed Under the Bridge - Archival Pigment Print - 18" x 32" - c. 2017

The Unkempt Garden

The Unkempt Garden, Photography and Photo Illustration by Rose Anderson
Rose Anderson - The Unkempt Garden - Archival Pigment Print - 18" x 30" - c. 2016

Chesapeake Bird

Chesapeake Bird, Photography and Photo Illustration by Rose Anderson
Rose Anderson - Chesapeake Bird - Archival Pigment Print - 18" x 24" - c. 2015

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About Rose

Baltimore County

I gather photographic specimens while searching wild, untouched places for whispers of humanity in nature. My photos illustrate a story outside of our social constructs and outside the time and space that encloses the human narrative. Nature becomes a way to put the human condition in a larger context, providing sanctuary and a path to understanding ourselves. Rose Anderson was born in the late 1970s to a poor and extremely religious family in southern Maryland. Seeking to resolve her internal... more

Outside Awareness: Relics of Industry, Nature as Sanctuary

My recent work intensifies in its investigation of nature as a story outside the time, space and social constructs that enclose the human narrative.

Scheduled 2018 Exhibitions:

Outside Awareness: Relics of Industry, Nature as Sanctuary — Curators: Laura Amussen, Cheryl McGinnis Projects — The Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College, Towson, Maryland, March 1 - April 9, 2017

Outside Awareness: Relics of Industry, Nature as Sanctuary, Pop-up Show, Maryland Public Television “Artworks” Weekly Television Broadcast (scheduling TBD)

Artist Statement for "Outside Awareness: Relics of Industry, Nature as Sanctuary"

I gather photographic specimens while searching wild, untouched places for whispers of humanity in nature. I combine moments captured in different times and places to illustrate a story outside the time, space, and social constructs that enclose the human narrative. My work imagines a world in which all of today's conversations have gone silent, and human roles are usurped by non-human characters. Relics of human society and industry as we understand them--as separate from and dominating over nature--are incidental, relegated to the background. Suspending our awareness of the constructs we build to inoculate ourselves against the inevitability of time and the forces of nature, we are left to contemplate the human condition in a larger context. We can gaze into nature without fear, see ourselves in it, and find sanctuary in something larger than ourselves.

Fairies of the Fields: An Intimate Look at the Life of Meadows

2016 Exhibits:

Rose Anderson: Fairies of the Fields: An Intimate Look at the Life of Meadows, Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, Maryland, March 16 – May 9, Travelling Exhibit

Rose Anderson: Fairies of the Fields: An Intimate Look at the Life of Meadows, Baltimore County Public Library Hereford Branch, Hereford, Maryland, August 21 – September 31, Travelling Exhibit

Fairies of the Fields: An Intimate Look at the Life of Meadows, Continued

2016 Exhibits:

Rose Anderson: Fairies of the Fields: An Intimate Look at the Life of Meadows, Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, Maryland, March 16 – May 9, Travelling Exhibit

Rose Anderson: Fairies of the Fields: An Intimate Look at the Life of Meadows, Baltimore County Public Library Hereford Branch, Hereford, Maryland, August 21 – September 31, Travelling Exhibit

Diptych: Yellowthroat Slain

"I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
By the false azure in the windowpane;
I was the smudge of ashen fluff--and I
Lived on, flew on, in the reflected sky."

~Vladimir Nabokov

Yellowthroat Slain was the featured image for the Washington City Paper review of Unfriendly Skies: Birds Buildings and Collisions at George Mason University in October 2015.

The Story of Our Natural History Through Photography

In April 2016, I began to explore a short stretch of trail through the forest along the Gunpowder river, and continued to visit the same area each week through November, documenting the forest floor as it changed with the seasons.

I used the photos during my 2016 Fairies of the Fields exhibit at the Hereford Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library to give a presentation about the importance of citizen science. April 2017 I showed the nature photography for the Maryland Natural History Society as part of an educational program about spring wildflowers.

  • The Understory: Ferns and Moss

    The Understory: Ferns and Moss, by Rose Anderson
    A rare view of a healthy patch of forest understory along the Gunpowder River in Baltimore County.
  • Dwarf Ginseng

    Dwarf Ginseng
    Dwarf Ginseng, a rare and precious forest understory flower.
  • Showy Orchid

    Showy Orchid, Photography by Rose Anderson
    The showy orchid, a rare and often poached understory flower that blooms for a very short time in the spring.
  • Virginia Waterleaf Flowers

    Virginia Waterleaf Flowers, Photo by Rose Anderson
    The flowers of Virginia waterleaf on a rainy day. This plant is a rare treasure of the forest understory in Maryland.
  • Sessile-leaf Bellwort

    Sessile-leaf Bellwort, Nature Photography by Rose Anderson
    A beautiful member of the lily family that grows from the forest floor very briefly in the spring.
  • Pink Mushroom Bloom

    Pink Mushroom Bloom
    An abundance of pink mushrooms blooming from a rotting log in the forest understory.
  • Coral Fungus

    Coral Fungus
    The coral of the forest understory.
  • Pink Mushroom Colony

    Pink Mushroom Colony, Photo by Rose Anderson
    Pink mushroom colony against the greenery of the forest floor.
  • Satyr's Beard

    Satyr's Beard, Photo by Rose Anderson
    The fungus known as Satyr's beard growing in its forest understory environment.

The Story of Our Natural History Through Photography, Continued

Selected Studies in Chiaroscuro

Autumn leaves, translucent in the evening sun, lighting a path through the forest.

Rose's Curated Collection

This artist has not yet created a curated collection.