[b. 1986 - New York, NY, lives and works in Washington D.C.]
NIKKI ROSATO earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2013. Prior to studying at SMFA, Rosato received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. Rosato’s work has received multiple awards, including a 2014 Blanche E. Colman Award, and she has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2017 her work was included in Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire, and in Temporal Gestalt at Clemson University’s Lee Galley in South Carolina. In 2016, Rosato had a solo exhibition, titled Inbound, at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, Canadian Geographic, Art New England Magazine and Hi-Fructose New Contemporary Art Magazine.
The visual aspects of a road map are remarkably human. A map is a symbol of a living, breathing, moving body—the land is just as alive as we are. A map’s lines carve the pathways for the rhythms and movements that undulate across the surface of the earth.
As we move though life, the places we inhabit and the people that we meet alter and shape us into the person that we are in the present day. I am interested in the idea that a place I visited as a child has affected the outcome of the person that I am today.
In my work, I explore the complexities of human relationships and the love affair that we have with place. I find inspiration in how we map our own personal space and how those lines become blurred and modified when we form relationships others.
A Map of Me
By Joel Dowshen
We sat on the couch,
My grandson and I,
Talking about the
Spectacular sculptures of
From painstakingly cut
Maps we had just seen.
I looked down
And saw him gazing
Away from Harry Potter
To the back of my
On his leg.
He started moving
A slender, slightly grimy
Very gently for a
Six year old,
Over the veins,
On my hand
Now entering its
It was as though
He discovered an
And was intent on
The Roads and rivers
Flowed and intersected
Even beyond the edge.
It energized me
Remembering doing the same
With my Grandmother’s
A hand sculpted with the
Ache of dislocation,
And ultimately of
Nurturing, joy and love.
That hand has been my guide.
With his smooth, soft hand,
A map of me.
Inspired by Nikki Rosato: Inbound.
CURRICULUM VITAE |||
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2013 MFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University
2008 BA University of Pittsburgh
Studio Arts, History of Art and Architecture (Summa Cum Laude)
AWARDS and GRANTS
2014 Blanche E. Colman Award
2013 Tufts University Graduate Travel Grant (Switzerland)
2012 Solo Exhibition Award, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Montague International Travel Grant (Italy)
2011 Graduate Merit Scholarship: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Object, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2016 Inbound, Ground for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2015 Merged, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2013 Cut, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
Temporal Gestalt, Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Cut Up/Cut Out, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA (traveling)
Exchange x JFG, Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin, Germany
If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
34, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
Miami Project Art Fair (Jonathan Ferrara Gallery), Miami FL
Paper, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Mark of the Feminine, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
VOLTA10 Art Fair (Jonathan Ferrara Gallery), Basel, Switzerland
Miami Project Art Fair (Jonathan Ferrara Gallery), Miami, FL
You Are Here, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
Lovin’ it, Symbol and Contradiction, Bromer Art Collection, Roggwil, Switzerland
Mapping the Way, Walford Mill Crafts, London, UK