Rosabel Rosalind

Second-Year MFA Candidate
Photograph of Rosabel Rosalind sitting in front of one of her paintings




Rosabel Rosalind creates images across a variety of media that mythologize autobiographical and historical narratives. Informed by diasporic storytelling traditions, absurdist conspiracy theories and personal and cultural memory, her drawings realize a universe unraveled by the theatrics of Hollywood, the Bible, climate change and anti-Semitic libel. Rosabel builds a catalogue of uncanny symbolism that collapses anthropocentric and white-supremacist hierarchies of power into a sublime fiction, reflecting her identity as a valley girl, a Funny Girl*, and a nice Jewish girl.

*(a life-long Streisand fan)

Rosabel was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a conservative Jewish community in the San Fernando Valley. Upon graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017, she went on to pursue a research project funded by a Fulbright Austria Combined Research Grant in 2018-2019. Working with the Jewish Museum Vienna’s Schlaff Collection of anti-Semitic objects and postcards, Rosabel produced a series of intimate vignettes, exaggerated portraiture, and darkly humorous comics in response to the visual history of anti-Jewish hate-imagery, thus reclaiming her heritage and reconnecting to her Jewish identity. Today Rosabel’s work continues to celebrate uncanny representations of the body through satire. Fascinated by the absurdity of religious iconography and theological manifestations dominated by Christian male perspectives, Rosabel sees these patriarchal traditions as fertile ground for feminist recontextualization and adaptation.

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