"The excerpt included by Hebrew poet, Yehuda Amichai, says in both Hebrew and English, 'And the commerce and the gates and the golden domes: Jerusalem is the Venice of God.' As I entered the Old City, I asked this merchant to pause. I cut the paper to represent stones and painted him ultimately as I saw him."
- Naomi Rosen
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ACRYLIC & COLLAGE ON CANVAS AND WOOD
24" X 30"
Copperas Cove, TX
Naomi Rosen considers herself a contemporary and outsider artist who renders her perception of reality and thought-provoking creations on canvas.
Born in New York to Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivors, she pursued her education at the School of Visual Arts and Bowie State University along with six years of study in Italy, England, and Israel. While in Italy, she worked as a potter which enabled her to discover different mediums and textures.
The first body of Naomi's artwork to receive recognition was the stark and moving Holocaust-related pen and ink drawings, followed by her colorful Judaica paintings. The creation of “Resilience & Dignity” series came as a result of a move to New Mexico where she embraced the wide-open landscape. This influence continues to evolve within her intense abstract paintings.
Naomi's personal struggle has been with both seizures and Manic Depression. Her painting enables her to face her inner fears in ways that current medications for her mental illness do not. She explains that creating offers her sanctuary from the judgment of those who do not understand her diagnosis which she describes as a battle between love and self-loathing. To see Naomi's paintings is to see the world through the eyes of someone all too familiar with the rhythm and expanse of both madness and tranquility.
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