Other, Visual Arts
Artist StatementSo much of American history can be found in sifting and digging through the story of Maryland. I forge across the Maryland landscape to find evidence of cultures long discarded and white-washed by history. Through the camera lens, I investigate nature, land, architecture, relics and material culture. With these images I seek to connect and integrate them within a composition that transcends time, space, history and popular beliefs. Through my photography and my medium of contemporary printmaking, I ask of myself and you: "respice verum", look back at the truth.
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, she broke away from her childhood religious cult to enter mainstream society and build a life and career.
To create a visual representation of her inner world, Anderson began working with digital photography and Photoshop as a contemporary artist's printmaking medium. In 2014, she began exhibiting as a professional artist in universities, galleries, and science and natural history organizations. Anderson now lives just outside Baltimore, using her property adjacent Gunpowder Falls State Park as a center for building community around nature, history, and the arts.
Anderson’s work has been exhibited a the Irvine Nature Center, George Mason University, Baltimore County Public Library, Maryland Natural History Society, Baltimore World Trade Center, and Full Circle Gallery. Her work was featured on Maryland Public Television (MPT) weekly program Artworks, and selected for smART stART, Cheryl McGinnis Projects, a Facebook Live Global Broadcast highlighting important artists. Most recently, her exhibit in the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College was featured on Cheddar.