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Libby Rosa

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UW-Madison, 2015, BFA



I am a BFA student at UW-Madison with a focus in painting and ceramic sculpture. I work mostly with the figure and try to represent the way form differs from person to person and how beautiful a gesture or pose or even a look can be.

The female form is most inspiring to me; because I am woman it is what I am most familiar with. Women figure studies are my protagonists for my works that explore the theme of private verses public actions in our society. The actions that an individual participates in, in their walls of their home, differs immensely from how someone acts when all eyes can see them… The obscurity of norms and societal standards of what is acceptable to be ‘shown-openly’ such-as nudity, and sex is apparent in my latest works. I use fabrics, and skin like canvas sewn together to allude to skin and clothing that hides our bodies to make us ‘appropriate’ or inappropriate. The gestural half naked figures’ poses and expressions represent intimacy, bodily lust, confusion and uncomfortably with the viewer seeing them.

I am exploring how each nude drawing or painting are representations of a body, but how a body is so much more than its outer flesh. Each form I create comes with baggage; the models’ emotions and feelings about their nudity from the moment they remove their clothing.


Past Awards

-Scholastic Gold Key Award for Metal piece in 2011


Group Exhibitions

-86th Annual Student Art Show, Memorial Union Porter Butts Gallery, Madison WI. April 2014

-NCECA Ceramic Conference (Collaborative sculpture with designers Krijin Christiaansen & Cathelijne Montens), Portriat Society Gallery, Suite 526, Milwaukee WI. March 2014

-Gender & the Body, Earth Cafe, Madison WI. March-April 2014 

-Art Lofts Holiday Sale, Art Lofts Gallery & UW Glass Lab, Madison, WI. 2013.

-Hundred$, 100 State Street Gallery, Madison, WI. 2013.

-Paracosm, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI. 2013.

-RAWawads, High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI. 2012.


Solo Exhibitions

-Humility, Gelsy Verna Gallery, Madison WI. January 2014.

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