Artist StatementIn 2012 I picked up my father's old Polaroid camera, some expired film and started shooting. Polaroid images have been my focus ever since. They have a dream-like, painterly quality that evoke a distant time and place. The unique characteristics, or "artifacts", of the film development are part of its charm. There is an unpredictability of the function of the vintage cameras and sheet film, which must be shielded from light immediately upon ejection for at least 15 minutes. I engage with nature to create my images, and use a combination of vintage and contemporary Polaroid SX-70 and 600 films with vintage cameras, scan the images and digitally manipulate to depict a narrative about the natural world. The photographs are a marriage between analog and digital. My inkjet, printed images are on Japanese kozo papers. These papers have lovely translucency and rich fibrous surfaces that become integral elements of the artworks.
Rosemary received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in studio art from the University of Maryland in College Park. She pursued graduate studies in Library and Archives Conservation at Columbia University in New York specializing in paper and book conservation. After completing internships at the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library she went to work at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery as a paper conservator and spent her professional career of nearly thirty years in that position.
She continued to pursue creative endeavors making artist’s books and prints of various kinds. The study of artists’ materials and techniques as well as the history of photography and photographic processes were essential to her work, as well as her creative endeavors. Her decision to pursue Polaroid photography began almost ten years ago. After creating a body of work, she has exhibited extensively in juried group shows in the Eastern US.