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Artist of the Month
September 2021

Artist of the Month

Marlene Rose

Marlene Rose is an internationally-acclaimed sand cast glass artist with a style and perspective that transcends time. Through her use of ancient techniques, Marlene has cultivated a perfect balance in her work that reflects both then and now. Her sculptures celebrate the unique properties of glass, of transparency, and shine and reflection. Marlene is represented by Elder Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Marlene Rose

Artist of the Month

Artist Statement:

My goal as an artist is to inject life into whatever I can make. In simple terms: to make the piece come alive. The glass immortalizes a glimpse of something fleeting beyond the moment, taking that moment and freezing it over. They are kept moments, shards of what I have seen, unnamed emotions, visions, concepts, memories. They call back; and they are the vehicle on which a viewer’s vision can ride away. The glass is there only to see through.

About Marlene Rose

Marlene Rose was born in New York where she grew up surrounded by art; her mother was a painter and her father a sculptor of found objects. Educated at Promfret School in Connecticut, she expanded her exploration of the visual arts at Tulane University in New Orleans. It was at Tulane that she came into her own as an artist, developing her unique style. She held her first solo exhibition before graduation, with a sell out show at the top gallery in New Orleans.

Following this success she went on to earn a Master’s degree from the California College of the Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California.  She attended a summer program at Pilchuck Glass School. She has since traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, South America, Africa and the Caribbean gaining even more influences and ideas for her work.

Sandcasting, Marlene's medium of glassmaking, is an ancient metal casting technique that has more recently been adapted for glass. Liquid molten glass is poured into individual sand molds, each of which is destroyed after a single use, yielding a one-of-a-kind glass sculpture. Because her works are cast objects, they hold in their form the memory of the shapes and textures of the materials that formed them; they are fine-grained, rugged or smooth, transparent or translucent, colored or clear.

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Acknowledgment of Gallery:
We are grateful to Elder Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, for providing the Artist of the Month.

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