Paradise in the Balance is an exhibition of mixed media drawings, paintings, and collage work addressing our relationship with the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it. Luckett brings her unique view of the world and sense of humor to her work through unusual juxtapositions that resonate visually and metaphorically.
"Balancing Act" depicts a chicken nesting atop a cardboard box, which also doubles as a factory with a barred door. Antlers sprout from the side of the box, alluding to our treatment of animals as inanimate objects, whose purpose is revenue rather than sustenance. The box balances precariously on top of a steam roller, which in turn is atop a small turtle. Not only is Luckett a master of composition, but also of allegory and story telling, all of which is depicted in her finely honed drawings and paintings.
"I fashion a language of symbols that tell a story. Each ink/watercolor drawing or collage is built around these real or symbolic objects. They may seem unrelated to each other, but actually reflect the increasing impact of humankind upon Earth's living biospheres... The fun for me is in trying out unusual combinations of forms and solving the mysteries of the links between them. I hope viewers will recognize questions posed in most of the pictures, questions that ask each of us how we are called to be responsible stewards of the wonderful, but rapidly diminishing Web of Life."
Rosemary's work has been exhibited in many galleries and art centers including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Franz Bader Gallery, Catholic University (Washington, DC), Woods Gallery (Severna Park, MD), Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Visions Gallery (Albany, NY), Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) and numerous other galleries around the country.
Alexandra Sherman, Curator
A native of Idaho, Rosemary Luckett graduated from Saint Mary College, Leavenworth, KS. Since then she has lived in Virginia with her family while making art. In addition to maintaining a teaching studio in Prince William County, she spent 12 years working in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA. She currently teaches collage and sculpture at the Art League School in Alexandria. From 2000-2005 Rosemary led art retreats and exhibited at Rising Phoenix in Flintstone, Md.
After many years as a painter, Rosemary now focuses on collages, ink drawings, and sculptures assembled from wood and found objects. These series reveal her lifelong interest in the land and its preservation, and follow in sequence from her interest in archetypal representations, mythical stories, gender bias issues and the feminine face of God. Drawing on a base of church altar screens and 20th century surrealism, Rosemary has created several series that are memorable and complex mixed media portraits evoking the histories that inform and anchor our lives. In early 1998 Sheed & Ward published Crosses and Prayers, her small book of poems and images. Her latest book is The Trees Speak.
Rosemary’s most recent work is inspired by the natural world and explores relationships between humanity and other living creatures. Ink drawings and collages reveal a reality that goes beyond the natural world we ordinarily perceive, because of the atypical juxtapositions of elements within each composition. Altars and animals, for instance, or a tree made from a little book. The fun is in trying out unusual combinations of forms and solving the mysteries of the links between them.
Rosemary’s work has been exhibited in many galleries and art centers including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Franz Bader Gallery, Catholic University (Washington, DC), Woods Gallery (Severna Park, Md), Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Visions Gallery (Albany, NY), Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) and numerous other galleries around the country. She is represented by Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC.