My work disrupts formal structures as a way to release an animated interior. Through painting, book art, photography, and narrative installation I excavate recognized systems—a man’s suit, the alphabet, cultural personas—fracturing them under examination to be set free, made transparent, or rendered slack.
These encounters began with an early interest in the relationship between text and the calligraphic line. In a series of constructed paintings, Regions of the Will, the strict authority of written forms gives way to the physicality of line, which when cut loose tells a purely kinetic story. These faceted works lead me to making books and collaborating with others—past, present, and imaginary.
The way a finger on an artery engages pulse, the installations get under the skin to reveal a hidden frailty. Mapping the Dark: A Museum of Ambient Disorders is a five-year gallery-as-book project mining the interior lives of ten imagined characters each of whom forges a precious object as a visual response to his or her condition. This private mark becomes a tool with which to stabilize, suppress, or activate an inner state.
The recent work Men in Suits: A Day on the Hill is an investigation through snapshots furtively captured during an outing on Capitol Hill. These images underlie a sequence of composite panels that track and collapse sartorial power structures of Washington DC, exposing failures of will that bring on tragic compromise.
Rosamond Casey has exhibited her painting, calligraphy, book art, and gallery installations widely. Her solo exhibitions include the Burroughs Chapin Art Museum, SC; Triangle Gallery, Washington DC; McGuffey Art Center, VA; and the University of Virginia Art Museum. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
She has produced numerous unique artists’ books as well as four editioned artist’s books that reconfigure her fine art installations into handmade enclosures that display images and accompanying text from her shows.
Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the Melbert Cary Collection of Graphic Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Jack Ginsberg Collection of Artist’s Books in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Her original art projects have been published in national journals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, Calligraphy Review, Art Directions magazine and Archipelago, an international online literary magazine.
Casey is a resident member and past president of the McGuffey Art Center. In 1995 she founded Treehouse Book Arts in Central Virginia, a school to encourage a revival in the arts related to the hand-made book. Casey is a founding member and current organizer of the Science and Art Project, an area-wide project designed to promote experimental alliances among artists and scientists at the University of Virginia and in the city of Charlottesville.
Casey teaches a series of seminars and courses she has designed based on her own explorations in art and her research on the evolution of early written forms and the use of cross-modal associations in art making. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband John Casey, the novelist.
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