There’s an unconscious melding of her world with her art. The two are justly inseparable: Jane Rosen is always working. Within walking distance from her home, her naturally lit studio is home to a veritable menagerie of animal forms. An enormous marble raven commiserates with handblown glass bucks perched along the wall; a 7-ft. limestone Barred Owl looks out to his neighbor, Egyptian Man in Horus. It’s as though these beings compel the artist to bring them forth, whether in stone, or handblown glass, or in intimate, painted mixed media works on paper she playfully calls her “drawings.” Truly, Jane Rosen encapsulates the image of an artist in the prime of her career. And through her work, Rosen is the ultimate storyteller.
A few years ago, in a conversation with Richard Whittaker, Jane Rosen spoke about art in a way that gets to the heart of Paws | Pause: “I would say art is the language of the body and feeling trying to make a relationship between the disconnected part of my mind that is desperately trying to understand. That, as a possibility, is what art does. It’s informing and transforming another part of myself and showing me what’s really going on.” That is also, it so happens, what dogs do.
Jane Rosen is a born and bred New Yorker, despite having settled on her farm in rural California over 30 years ago. Rosen’s childhood in the city involved regular visits to the Egyptian collection of hawks and falcons at the Met. Having graduated from NYU, Rosen also studied at the Art Students League, and held a senior faculty position at the New York School of Visual Arts. She studied under well-known names like Sol LeWitt, Chuck Close and Esteban Vicente, and herself enjoyed an active career as an arts educator at prestigious institutions, including Stanford University and over 10 years at UCal Berkeley. She was revered among her students, many of whom have taken her signature drawing lessons into their own teaching practices. Rosen was selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for inclusion in their 2010 Annual Invitational in New York, a prestigious exhibition juried by some of the greatest artists of our time. Rosen’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, ArtForum, Art in America, and Art News. Her work has been exhibited extensively. It is in numerous public and private collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Aspen Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Chevron Corporation, the collection of Grace Borgenicht, JP Morgan Chase Bank, the Luso American Foundation, the Mallin Collection, the Mitsubishi Corporation, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.