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Initiation from “Men In Suits: A Day on the Hill,” a 10-panel exhibition of Capitol Hill imagery. See reviews in C-Ville and The Hook.

Current/Recent Reviews

Interview with Ms. Casey. February 2010.

The Hook
Ms. Casey's article on her exhibit Men in Suits: A Day on the Hill.

See Ms. Casey's profile by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA).

Rosamond Casey's M.D.M.A.D work is featured in the Winter 2006 edition of VQR - The Virginia Quarterly Review. You may order a copy from their website (see Winter 2006 Table of Contents). Read an essay on M.D.M.A.D. by Lawrence Weschler.

Ms. Casey's exhibit Men in Suits: A Day on the Hill was featured in the September 23, 2008 edition of C-Ville, and an article entitled Making light of herself - Rosamond Casey journeys into the art of darkness was published in the January 18, 2005 edition.

Rosamond Casey was also featured in the Volume 7, Number 1, 2004 edition of archipelago.

Book Dealers who carry Ms. Casey's work

Priscilla Juvelis, Inc. - Boston (617) 497-7570

Joshua Heller Rare Books, Inc. (202) 966-9411

Other Reviews

Art Papers
Washington Post

Atlanta, Georgia
Review by Dinah Ryan, 1996
Forays into Book Art: Three Recent Exhibitions Highlight Charlottesville's Literary Art Scene

"[Casey] is deeply concerned with writers, with words, and with wresting experience from an understanding of language. Although a number of smaller works are included in Illuminations three significant and ambitious books based on the writing of three authors - both real and imaginary - form the core of her exhibition: Wood Notes Wild: Notations of Bird Music, The Blue Cage and No Idea…Whatever."

Of Wood Notes Wild: "A volume of almost transcendent visual poetry."

"Casey's book No IdeaWhatever, is a work of enormous potential. As her most recent work and as an indication of future investigations, it possesses an inventiveness and a capacity for complex, original development that would be - and hopefully will be - a fascinating contribution to book art and to certain kinds of fiction. No Idea…Whatever might be called visual fiction. It comprises 12 single panels in which Casey has created the art work of a fictitious individual, Raymond Swann. This is exciting and potentially pregnant turf, and Casey shows herself to be on the edge of virtuoso originality. If she can create visual fiction that completely communicates an identity and style through visual forms, and that disembody herself and embody another, she will accomplish through visual means the equivalent of successful fiction. Casey has every reason to pursue this path and to fully develop the potential suggested by No IdeaWhatever."

Arts Beat, front page,
Style Section, 1998
Review by Nicole Lewis

"Not too long ago, artist Rosamond Casey (made a tribute to her) grandmother: A richly hand-painted book she made herself. The book Wood Notes Wild: Notations of Bird Music sets the quotes from Simeon Pease Cheney's 1982 volume of musical notations of bird songs against lushly painted designs. Beyond the delicate beauty of the pages, the book had personal significance for Casey's grandmother who 'had become preoccupied with the decline of songbirds in her forest.' Casey's work is currently on view as part of the inviting show Book as Art X at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. For the past decade, curator of book arts and library research center director, Krystina Wasserman, has been putting together annual exhibits of books that are works of art. Wasserman calls Casey's work 'the star of the show.'"


Interview with Neil Turtell, Executive Librarian for the National Gallery of Art

"Unlike most artists' books, which look like books, hers was sort of a treasure chest. Obviously you can tell I think very highly of [Casey's] work and I don't do that lightly."

Daily Progress

Stephen Margulies, contributing writer, Curator, Bayly Art Museum

Rosamond Casey's Exhibition, Regions of the Will, Ends This Weekend

"Casey has created a display which tells the story of flow itself - for it is flowing movement that forms and unforms us. Ultimately, all form - including human form, including the form of our lives - is the story of flow. In the words of the artist herself, our story is the story of 'formative processes and flow dynamics that govern the emergence of organic elements.'"

Review by Ruth Latter
Art World, March 2003

"I consider Rosamond Casey - local artist, calligrapher and founder of Treehouse Book Arts - as one of America's most talented and inspired creators of mixed media compositions that refer, in the broadest sense to lavishly illustrated and gorgeously bound books. Her works have been exhibited to high praise in Washington's art museums. In 1998 the Washington post said that Casey's compositions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts made her 'the star of the show.' She is surely the star of the current show at the McGuffey Art Center, through March 29. Five years in the making her solo exhibition in McGuffey's main exhibition gallery impressed me more than any other show I have ever seen at McGuffey."


by Johanna Drucker

"Inner life and imagination are the substance of all of these works. The 'Dark' of the installation's title is that space of self's interior, its undisclosed locations in which the psyche processes as a means of survival. Meaning is not the object or outcome of such a sensibility. The over-arching spirit is motivated by record-keeping, scribing, a desperate message-in-the-bottle from a place of isolation and struggle. Every text in this work is a cry — some more strident, some plaintive, some more poignant and pathetic than the others. Writing and memory are always instigated under the shadow of loss. Acts of compensation are the core motivation of the characters whose testimonials these pieces presume to be — and the authorial voice of the artist, coordinating these exquisite fragments, flickers through the whole as a guiding spirit, but one whose own individual 'dark' remains unmapped, unrevealed."

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