Artist StatementI gather photographic specimens while searching wild, untouched places for whispers of humanity in nature. My photos illustrate a story outside of our social constructs and outside the time and space that encloses the human narrative. Nature becomes a way to put the human condition in a larger context, providing sanctuary and a path to understanding ourselves.
Rose Anderson was born in the late 1970s to a poor and extremely religious family in southern Maryland. Seeking to resolve her internal struggle with the indoctrination and isolation that defined her early life, Anderson secretly studied nature, history, and the arts. As a young adult in the early 2000s, she broke away from her childhood religious community to enter mainstream society and build a career in the software industry. She began experimenting with digital photography and Photoshop to create a visual representation of her inner world and in 2014 began exhibiting as a professional artist in universities, galleries, and science and natural history organizations. Anderson now lives just north of Baltimore, using her property adjacent Gunpowder State Park as a center for building community around nature and the arts.