My proposed project to be executed at my residency at the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India, is an expansion of the installation Sanctuary described in the paragraph below. It addresses the pollution and depletion of Florida’s springs and was exhibited at HCC, Dale Mabry Campus, in 2014.
On a bed of river sand on the floor is a container with industrial debris configured to resemble a dying tree. On the walls behind the container are large paintings evocative of water. Suspended from the ceiling are numerous abstract bird- and insect-like objects looking down on their depleted habitat. (These, made from animal bones and handmade paper, move slowly in the breeze of a small, hidden fan.) Each viewer leaves their footprints in the sand, thus becoming a part of the piece. The sound of trickling water completes the installation.
Included is a space with writing materials for viewers to express their concerns about the bodies of water we are addressing: in this case the Yamuna River in India. One of my goals during my Sanskriti residency is to work with local students and professional artists to create drawings and paintings that present solutions—no matter how far fetched—to the problem of our polluted waterways. I once heard a scientist point out to a science-fiction writer that it is the imaginary scenarios that inspire practical solutions. I look forward to a collaborative exploration of solutions to the problem of water pollution both East and West.
I hope to exhibit the completed installation in New Delhi and Pinellas County, as well as other locations in the United Sates and India.
Rose Marie Prins’ mixed-media paintings and sculptures have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums, cultural centers and galleries throughout the United States, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida; the Gulf Coast Museum in Largo, Florida; the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe; the Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art Gallery in New Orleans; Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar; the Erector Square Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut; the Courtyard Gallery in Alameda, California; the Merlin Gallery in San Francisco; the Woman’s Building
in Los Angeles and at the Chautauqua Institution, New York.
Her work is in public, corporate, and private collections in the United States, Canada and Europe including the Jonson Gallery at the University of New Mexico; Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Alfonso Architects in Tampa, Perconti Data Systems in St. Petersburg and Creative Network, Toronto.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most recently the Creative Pinellas Individual Artist’s Fellowship, as well as residency fellowships at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts in Louisville, Kentucky, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Raybun Gap, Georgia, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi, India, where she
will be in residence in December 2016.
Rose Marie Prins received a PhD in Studio Art from The Union Institute and University, an MA in Art from Goddard College, and a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.