Joan Rosenberg-Dent (BFA 1978)
Conceptually, this piece refers to the act of revealing, both physically and verbally. The edge of each porcelain square has been pulled back revealing the space previously occupied, some more than others. Visually, this piece creates a tension through the use of materials. The porcelain slabs curl around giving them a soft appearance but are rigid; the slabs are textured against the smooth, painted surface; thin graphite lines define the space previously occupied by thick, soft, porcelain, and shadows move across the piece breaking up the pristine space. The subtleties of line, shadow and movement are an integral part of my work.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.