Many of us tend to see nature as a benign — even magnanimous — force, but Andy Rosen isn’t convinced. His sculptures of animals model themselves on the wooden toys and folk art practices of New England while challenging the traditional “fantasy in which nature is concerned for our welfare, shares our goals, thinks like we do, exists for our benefit.”
Andy’s sculptures, represented by Susan Maasch Fine Art, use a playful assortment of materials, many found or recycled. Most of his pieces center on a hand-carved mammal, evoking the folk tradition of wooden animal sculpture — but taking it in strange new directions. A hare teeters precariously on a bicycle. A fox gazes down at earth from atop four stilts. A wolf stands, tangled in a tremendous length of garden hose, holding one end of the hose in its mouth.
This past summer, Andy was an Artist in Residence at the Community Recycling Center (CRC) in Scarborough, Maine. The residency was part of the “Scavenger” project sponsored by Portland’s Space Gallery, which aimed to bring artwork into unconventional places. For the month of June, Andy worked on site at the CRC, constructing a piece from materials he found there. The result was “David,” a bear whose coat is made of shingles and tar paper.
Andy’s work is also on view right now at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
Andy earned his BFA from New York’s Alfred University, and his MFA from the University of Iowa. He now lives in Portland and teaches at the University of New England and Southern Maine Community College. You can learn more about Andy and his work here.