Lot #14: Suzanne Rose Skull with Roses, 2019
Archival pigment print
30 x 23 1/2 in.
Suzanne Rose describes her work as that of a "mindful minimalist" in style and philosophy. She studied painting, multimedia, and design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After living and working in Chicago for nearly a decade, she returned to her roots in southern Door County, Wisconsin, where she transitioned into fine art photography. Often attracted to subjects that at first blush seem unremarkable, Rose uses the commonplace as a way of exploring the fluid boundaries between memory and metaphor, purpose and place.
At the School of the Art Institute, Rose focused on still life as a subject through which to study composition, light, and technique. Rose found deep and lasting inspiration in the paintings of Wisconsin-born Georgia O'Keeffe. In Skull with Roses, Rose has reimagined O'Keefe's traditional skull and desert motifs, transforming the iconic objects into a sublime study of dark and light.