MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2014
Artist StatementI am interested in creating places of enrichment, interaction, contemplation, and regeneration that integrate into the diverse fabric of urban areas. Much of my public artwork, exterior and interior site-specific environments has been based on collaborative thinking that resulted from in-depth work with design professionals, engineers, scientists, fabricators, and the communities that use the spaces. My interest in art planning and design team-work is based upon the knowledge that there is value to individual input that becomes part of a team effort. This effort is focused on problem solving, which is laying the foundation for future implementation. This requires divergent and convergent thinking, something I truly enjoy. Themes such as context, mapping, inventory of past and present conditions, and the generation of ideas for the future compose the multi-layered attraction of this work. These themes are supported by smaller ideas and details, such as the poetry of voice, sometimes natural and other times cultural, community connections, environmental sustainability and historic/cultural sensitivity. The interweaving allows each person to engage differently and create rich individual memories over repeated encounters. Public engagement enhances my conceptual focus on ecology, sustainability and social justice. At one of my exhibitions, attendees might contribute to the artwork, make soap in the shape of a shell, study invertebrates under a microscope, hear poetry, or be serenaded by musicians.
Jann Rosen-Queralt creates environments integrating the diverse fabric of urban areas and revealing the character of each locale while exploring the poetry of voice and maintaining environmental sensitivity. Looking to the efficiency of natural processes, Rosen-Queralt incorporates recycled energy and materials wherever possible. This “low-impact” sensibility assures that the resulting work takes both the natural world and our place within it into account. Rosen-Queralt’s studio practice involves continuous research and knowledge of materials and technology through personal investigation and working with other artists and fabricators to realize her visions. A recent example is the immersive interior installation, Intricate Observations x2, the fabrication of which relied on consulting specialists to bridge across disciplines such as engineered textile prints, digital fabrication platforms. Conceptually, Rosen-Queralt is devoted to issues of ecology, sustainability and social justice. In keeping with those ideals, her exhibitions support public engagement through outreach programs that complement themes inherent to the artwork. Such events have included workshops and speaker presentations, discussions and performances, and often involve collaboration with musicians, poets, other visual artists and scientists. Argo, a project commissioned by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts for the 2017 Light City Festival, presented the public with a massive multi-media sculpture as well as programming in collaboration with the Maryland Science Center, poets, performance artists, and musicians.
While her work functions expertly in a gallery setting, it is in the public realm that Rosen-Queralt connects most directly with society at large. She maintains equilibrium between studio and public work, evidenced in national and international solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Mexico, and Lithuania. She continues her commitment to integrating art within the public realm of everyday life through teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art, currently as the Director at the Rinehart School of Sculpture and Co-chair of the MICA Exhibitions Committee. Rosen-Queralt was recently awarded the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship for her work researching marine invertebrates. She has served on the steering committee of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, is a former board member of the Baltimore Public Art Commission, and former member of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Arts Integration Steering Committee.