Rose B. Simpson
Rose Simpson’s work is powerful, earthy, with an independent voice. Born in 1983, she comes from the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, famous for ceramics the women have produced since the 6th century, C.E. She is a mixed-media artist, whose work includes ceramics, sculpture, metals, fashion, performances, music, installation, writing, and custom cars.
Rose still lives and works in the pueblo where she was born. It is the center of her world, the center of the earth, and where she finds inspiration. Her life and her work goals are to find the tools to use to heal the damages she has experienced as a human being in our postmodern and post-colonial era objectification. These tools are sculptural works of art that have a healing function that she hopes will become useful for everyone.
She is the daughter of Roxanne Swentzell, a renowned sculptor, and metal artist, and Patrick Simpson a wood, and metal sculptor. Rose received an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and while an artist in residence at the Denver Art Museum, she acquired a certificate in auto body in the New Mexico College automotive science program. With that knowledge she customized a lowrider car, painted it in the black on black style of Maria Martinez, another well known pueblo artist, named it “Maria,” and installed it at the entrance to the Hearts of our People exhibit at Mia a few years ago.
It can be said that Rose Simpson’s work is ultimately about the human condition. She is forced to grapple with cultural insensibility, but sees the fight against the racial determination of her work as a privileged engagement. Some of the decisions she makes are intentional to deconstruct stereotypes around culture and gender.
Rose B. Simpson is an exciting, creative, expressive, skilled, thoughtful person who uses her art to express her thoughts, ideas, and feelings about the issues that are important to her and, she hopes, to everyone.
We have the privilege of seeing, and hearing her virtually December 9 at 11 am via Zoom. Please join us.Get Tickets