About The Artist
Melinda Rosenberg • Columbus, OH
Wood • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
What is feminine in 2023? Can one be vulnerable yet protect oneself? Can I get comfortable with aging and death? What is the relationship between intellect (artifice) and intuition (nature)? Through my art I ask these questions of myself, and to answer I use metaphor. The stick represents nature, painting is artificial/intellectual, the shield form is female, wood grain is growth and its decay marks time. Making work collapses the differences in dichotomies, and makes visual the ineffable.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My creative process is in response to wood and what I want to convey. When making a piece, I will paint a board with layers of paint, sand through the layers and then stain the wood prior to selecting a contrasting piece of old or natural wood. The old wood may have peeling paint, weathered wood grain or old worm holes. I allow the stick generate formal ideas, such as the symmetry that results when slicing a stick longways and butterflying it open.