Name: Jacqui Rosenbush
MNartist.org profile: Jacquilyn Rosenbush
Jacqui Rosenbush is a multimedia sculptor and painter. Her childlike wonder of creation drives the aesthetic of her work, producing pieces that are both grounded in earthy forms and sprinkled with dream-like notions. During her years at the University of Minnesota, she traveled to Mexico and Venezuela to study visual art and culture and earned a BA in Studio Art with a minor in Spanish Studies in 2009. She currently runs a business providing handmade and eclectic décor for special events and is pursing opportunities to engage communities in the arts through murals and live painting. Her sculptures take shape in her Bloomington Studio, where she can be found singing and dancing while simultaneously, and quite spontaneously, creating something out of nothing. In addition to living a life that creatively brings forth life in others, her dream for the future is to open a Center for the Arts.
Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I like to consider my work as visual poetry that provokes emotive reactions that are felt before they are understood. I believe its best appreciated when approached with an openness to be affected. It is often presented in a raw state, not perfectly crafted, but honest. I typically work with wood, but love to incorporate materials like lace, wool, rocks, and other found objects. I like working with loose canvas when painting, for the sculptural, off-the-wall effect, or on plywood for the heft and texture. I'm currently working on two series, one being a sculptural installation called, "The Co-Creator's Workshop," and a painting series called, "Remnants," which I'm just getting the ball rollin' on. They are both new endeavors for me, especially the painting series as I'm hoping to partner with writers to create corresponding poems for each painting.
How did you decide to become an artist?
I pursed a degree in Nutrition Science in college in an attempt to combat the starving artist career, only to discover that investing in my talents as an artist would be the most satisfying and rewarding choice for me after all. It was as if I needed to try something else so that I would be confident in my choice to pursue what I wanted all along.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
A poetry teacher of mine, in reference to editing a poem, stated, "Where is it hot? Follow that." And I have found that simple concept to be a gentle and effective tool through the nuances of creating art and pursing this career.
Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. How do you sell your work? How do you market yourself?
I too am still discovering ways to sell my work (It seems like one doesn't learn those essential skills in college, huh?). My family is my biggest support and is always buying my work, as are my friends. I did create an Etsy shop for smaller handmade accessories as a starting point to eventually sell fine art, but have yet to enter that transition. [etsy.com/shop/buttonsandbottletops]. Other than that, having a profile on MNartists and being connected with groups like RAWartists and Aldrich Arts Collaborative that do a great job at promoting their artists in an effort to create good turn-outs for their events is like catching a free marketing ride to success. I often remind myself to not despise the day of small beginnings, because we all have to start somewhere and we are all trying to figure out the best way to do it.
Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
I have really come to appreciate Jill Van Sickle's work. It is so beautiful and widely celebrated. I think she does an awesome job at promoting herself and keeping her followers constantly engaged by continuously creating and posting new pieces for sale on Facebook with links to her upcoming shows, etc. Not only is she talented, but she seems like a really great person, and that's what sells me. (Jill's LAI Interview)
If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
I'm a solid fan of the M.I.A. So, we would stop there and be sure to visit the MAEP (Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program) Gallery [artsmia.org]. And since I love sculpture and road trips, we would go to Franconia Sculpture Park to romp around under over and through big and awesome sculptures [franconia.org]. We would also go to the Walker for good measure and to stay current [walkerart.org] And then to Art-A-Whirl, for exposure to an overwhelming amount of amazing and entertaining stuff [nemaa.org/art-a-whirl].
In addition to www.Local-Artist-Interviews.com, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
Altered Esthetics LAI Profile
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