A native New Yorker, Terry Rosen began painting and drawing formally at the 92nd Street Y when she was six. Her professional career took shape first as an advertising illustrator for Bloomingdales and Macy’s then transitioned into textile design, where she honed her knack for bringing life to the inanimate. She designed prints for Oleg Cassini and was the creator of Nicole Miller’s iconic “conversational print” that depicted familiar and found items such as food labels, fortune cookies, and personal ads which sparked a huge trend.
Recently, however, Rosen has turned her attention to developing collages. The contents of her quilt-like compositions are collected from the artist’s travels throughout Hudson NY, the neighborhoods of Manhattan, North Adams, Great Barrington, Dutchess County, and “somewhere between Portland and Portsmouth.” Scouring the ground, Rosen has scooped up the many discarded artifacts of commerce and daily life such as ticket stubs, sales receipts, and fast-food wrappers for her collection.
Her well-honed artistic skill and fascination with “post-consumer behavior, puns and colorful lingo in the deluge of marketing messages, and their connections to real locations and times” informs her work, as she carefully assembles the pieces. Fascinating to behold, each layout looks like a visual poem.