Opening: April 16 from 6-9pm
In a new series of etchings, monoprints, and sculptural works, Rose explores what a deep connection to nature looks and feels like. The work, mainly comprised of depictions of the human figure enveloped in plants and other instinctive flora, is vibrant and often playful.
Most of the work in NATURAL CONNECTIONS has been made in Pyramid’s studios over the past 12 months. Of the show, Rose says “people feel most moved to help once they have created a meaningful connection to a person, place or thing. I believe the stronger bond we can build with the natural world that sustains us, one grounded in true compassion and empathy, the more we will feel moved to protect it. This show is inspired by a journey of reconnection to people, and to the land – seeking to draw the lines that truly link us all”
Rose is a visual artist, with mediums spanning mural painting, ceramics, printmaking, and digital illustration. Born and raised in DC, Rose loves calling it home. She earned her BFA at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and has pursued an art career full time after teaching middle and high school art. Rose has painted over 30 murals nationally and internationally, including over 20 in the District. Her art has been featured in over fifteen publications, including The Washington Post and City Paper as well as NBC, CNN, and Channel 9 among others. The themes of her work include political activism, social justice, natural healing, and spiritual grounding. She is dedicated to harnessing the power of art to find connections, build community, spark conversation and create social change.
“What does a deep connection to nature look and feel like? Why is this relationship critical for the health of our bodies and necessary for the prosperity of our species? Humans and the environment are one in the same. If nature is unwell, so are we. Many people feel a deep disconnection – from community, from nature, from ourselves. The stronger the bond and greater understanding we can build with the natural world, one grounded in true compassion and empathy, the more we will feel moved to protect it.
This show is about tapping in, re-discovering, re-connecting. It is about finding peace within, to the source that connects us all. It will be full of vibrant mono prints, etched portraits, aluminum sculptures and wall murals.
I am thrilled to share this new body of work with you. This is the culmination of a year long residency at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, a premier printmaking art space that is a staple in the community.” – Rose Jaffe
This exhibition is made possible in part through support from the Maryland State Arts Council, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Maryland Milestones, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County.
The first weekend’s in-person viewings are by appointment only.
Starting April 21, the public is welcome during regular gallery hours without appointment. Admission is free and gallery hours are Wed – Thu, 10 – 8 pm; Fri – Sat, 10 – 6 pm; and Sunday 12 – 5pm.
Masks are required for entry and the number of concurrent visitors is limited to allow for social distancing. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781. More info at pyramidatlantic.org or 301-608-9101.