When people first view Marlene Rose, they often feel certain aliveness inherent in the work itself. Her goal as an artist is to inject life into whatever she makes. In simple terms, to make the piece come alive.
Marlene Rose's work has a quality of timelessness reflecting both ancient and modern. When casting sculptures she incorporates relics of modern life, interesting objects that have been cast away, industrial waste items that seem to unite present and past. In the end, the completed piece transcends the sensibility of mere time.
Each piece is hand cast in sand from molten glass in a spectacular process of heat and light. The energy of this dangerous dance of creation reflects in the finished work. They celebrate the unique properties of glass, of transparency, shine and reflection. And because these are cast objects, they hold in their form the memory of the shapes and textures of the materials that formed them; they are fine-grained, rugged or smooth, transparent or translucent, colored or clear.
The glass immortalizes a glimpse of something fleeting beyond the moment, taking that moment and freezing it over. She calls these pieces Evocators. They are kept moments, shards of what one has seen, unnamed emotions, visions, concepts, memories. They call back; and they are the vehicle upon which vision can ride away. The glass is there only to see through.
Marlene Rose Curriculum Vitae Born:
December 5, 1967 Education: CCAC, Oakland, CA (M.F.A) Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (B.F.A with Honors, Glass, Newcomb College) Pomfret School, Pomfret, CT Greenvale School, Glen Head, NY Grants National Endowment of the Arts (2007) Selected Permanent Collections Leepa-Rattner Museum of the Arts, St. Petersburg, FL Metro General Hospital, Cleveland, OH National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong Seven Bridges, Greenwich, CT University of Tampa, Tampa, FL Selected Museum Exhibitions Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ (2014-2015) Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IL “Making it in Crafts II“ (2014) Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Sarasota, FL “Radiant Heat / Translucent Light” (2014) Morean Art Center, St. Petersburg, FL “Keep it Glassy Glass in the Sunshine City" (2014) National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA “Women in Glass” (2013) Krasl Museum, Saint Joseph, MI “Primordial Inspirations” (2012) Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL “Global & Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida’s West Coast” (2012) Kalamazoo Museum of Arts “Expressions: International Glass Invitational”, Kalamazoo, MI (2012) Fort Collins Museum of Art, Ft. Collins, Co “Colorado Collects Glass” (2012) Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI "Primal Inspirations, Contemporary Artifacts" (2011) Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, FL “Earth Visions” (2010) Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg, FL “In a New Light” (2009) Mobile Museum of Art, “GEN-X: Post-Boomers and the New South”, Mobile, AL (2008) New Mexico Museum of Art, “Flux: Reflections on Contemporary Glass”, Santa Fe, NM (2008) Gulf Coast Museum of Art, “Ancient and Elemental”, Largo, FL. (2007)