Jane Rosen’s sculpture is a manifestation of profound respect – for her materials, for her subject matter and for the process of making art. Rosen has synesthesia, a condition that unifies the senses. She not only sees her materials, she “listens” to them. In White Scarf Skyscraper, for instance, she has succeeded after endless trial and error in fusing pigmented glass with stone to astonishing effect. The bird’s stance is noble and watchful , the wings sweeping down gently, again delicately patterned. The presence of the glass is not obvious, but it gives the sculpture a particular sensitivity to light creating a mystical presence. Standing on a block of carefully chosen limestone and glass, bird and block interact with one another in two part harmony.
Rosen was born in New York City where she grew up and began her career as an artist. Despite finding early success in galleries and a prestigious teaching position in New York, Rosen was captivated by the accessibility of nature on a visit to the West Coast. She eventually relocated permanently to San Gregorio, California, on the coast south of San Francisco, where she now keeps her studio and resides on a horse ranch frequently visited by the wildlife seen in her work.
Rosen was recently selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for inclusion in their 2015 Annual Invitational in New York, a prestigious exhibition juried by some of the greatest artists of our time. A masterful and sought after teacher, Rosen has taught at numerous elite institutions including the School of Visual Arts and Bard College in New York, LaCoste School of the Arts in France, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Rosen’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, ArtForum, Art in America, and Art News. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and is in numerous public and private collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Aspen Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Chevron Corporation, the collection of Grace Borgenicht, JP Morgan Chase Bank, the Luso American Foundation, the Mallin Collection, the Mitsubishi Corporation, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.