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Ann Rosenthal
 

Ann Rosenthal

Artistic Category artist
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Steffi Domike

Career Level Professional
Experienced With Collaboration, Commissions, Leading workshops, Lectures, Public art, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements

Just as groups of people have been objectified throughout our human history, which has justified their extermination (as in the case of the holocaust), so too has nature been reduced to raw material for human culture. For change to be sustainable, it must first occur in the mind and heart. Thus my work raises more questions than answers, prompting my audience to dive deep and reconsider our relationship with one another and the non-human others with whom we share this fragile earth. 

My work is informed by social and deep ecology and ecofeminism, which interrogate what has brought us to the Anthropocene epoch. This geologic designation reflects the lasting impact humans have had on the planet, altering the course of evolution in ways that will last tens of millions of years—a distinction formerly reserved for natural geologic events, such as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. I derive courage from the civil rights, women’s and environmental struggles of the last century. I know change is possible from the bottom up, because those before me have done it. The aims of social and environmental justice drive me forward.

I work primarily in 2D media, using both tactile and digital formats. The form and media is chosen to best communicate the content. My roots are in painting, drawing, and printmaking, which I am returning to after a decade of digital explorations. My works are often composed into installations, where various visual elements dialog with one another. I also work in communities and with youth, reconnecting them to their local landscapes and waterways.  

Many of my works are collaborative, which allows me to expand my technical and conceptual scope. Beyond the practical, however, I collaborate to model what I believe is essential to our survival. As artist Sister Corita states in a print that I own: “We must either become a community or we will die.”

Ann Rosenthal brings to communities 30 years experience as an artist, educator, and writer. Her art installations address the local manifestation of global concerns, including climate change, food safety, and nuclear waste. Over the last few years, her work, in collaboration with Steffi Domike, has been shown at the Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh; Exit Art and the Hudson River Museum in New York; the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia; and Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren in Germany.

Ms. Rosenthal’s essays and work on eco/community art have been published in several journals and anthologies, including the online Women Environmental Artist  Directory Journal (WEAD) and the peer-reviewed Ecopsychology Journal. Her essay, "Redefining Beauty within the Context of Sustainability and Ecoart " was published in 2013 in Regenerative Infrastructures: 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative (New York: Prestel Verlag). She teaches foundations, art history, and environmental design courses at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  She has developed and taught an online graduate course, Introduction to Eco/Community Art, for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. Ms. Rosenthal owns an industrial building in Pittsburgh where she is developing LOCUS – a creative commons where art, community and ecology meet.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224
412-688-0417
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Genres

  • Artist Books
  • Drawing
  • Found object
  • Installation
  • Internet
  • Mixed-media
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Public Art
  • Social Practice / Civic Engagement

Keywords

  • Alternative
  • Assemblage
  • Collage
  • Conceptual