Let Me Count the Ways I Love You
Rainbows over fields of grass, floating hearts, naked dolls, beaded butterflies: Lily Rosen’s work offers a tender, dreamy landscape for the viewer to explore. This process of whimsical discovery stems from a meditative, repetitive effort by the artist, who has chosen (among other media) the labor-intensive yet highly sensual art of embroidery. Let Me Count The Ways I Love You includes fabric and clothes embroidered with outdoor scenery and people, often depicted in extensive detail and highlighted by careful bead work. Other exhibited works include a large, colorful hanging carpet of a painting by the artist, and mischievous drawings on paper.
The nude human form is featured at the forefront of Lily Rosen’s most recent body of work, and its representation is on par with the other elements outlined in the textile pieces: joyful, sometimes naive, sometimes cheeky like in the night slips embroidered with beaded male and female attributes. This earthly garden of Eden is full of humor, as the artist manages to show nude bodies with the same delicate casualness as any other living being or object depicted in the work, staying away from exploitation or shame. On the contrary, the playful scenes invite the viewer to enjoy one’s body in its natural, naked beauty, and to nurture one’s interior world.
About the Artist:
Lily Rosen (b. 1993, Princeton New Jersey) grew up in a college town with brooks, canals, and farms. Growing up in Princeton she spent much of her time climbing trees and collecting bouquets of daffodils and tulips. Nature and childhood is a great inspiration in her work. upon leaving New Jersey she went on to receive her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015) where she studied film and animation. In 2016 once returning to the East Coast she found herself gravitating towards theatre work in New York City as a puppet and props builder, which inspired a more theatrical and time intensive look at art making. Inspiring larger pieces that register as backdrops to a larger and mystical world. She focuses on fiber and textile based art work, creating garments, embroidery, tapestries, beaded works, and soft sculptures that embrace femininity, color and whimsical narratives that takes inspiration from the Bible, childhood, folk and fairytales, and nature.
For more information on Lily and her work, visit her website here.