Elizabeth Rose

Born in Central Illinois, Elizabeth Claire Rose grew up exploring natural areas of the midwestern United States, which cultivated her creativity and interests in ecology, biogeography, and the ecological value of varied landscapes. Rose received her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University and a BA in Fine Art with a minor in Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana. Her work has been supported by the Southern Graphics Council International, the Mid America Print Council, and most recently the House of Prints in the UK (2020). She has been an artist resident on Mount St. Helens National Monument, WA, USA, Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, MT, USA among others. Rose is an alumna of the Fulbright Program in Poland (2019-2020) where she was awarded a research grant in printmaking.

Artist Statement:

My practice as an artist begins with the study and research of parallel places and ecosystems. I observe and identify how they mirror each other’s function and form, and how, through their similarities they are able to exhibit uniqueness. Studying these sites is especially important in the face of climate change, as highly sensitive places like islands and alpine areas become more vulnerable to fluctuating temperatures, rising lake and sea levels, which in turn impacts the survival of flora and fauna in these vulnerable landscapes. Referencing my own experiences traveling through altitudinal zones to alpine areas, and across latitudinal lines, I create work which connects geographically disconnected landscapes focusing on their shared ecologies: how each site is connected through climatic shifts, soil qualities, and habitat range. I repetitively rework traditional copperplate matrices, often in combination and collage with photo-lithography, and photography to extract observations, uncovering cultural and natural histories.