Rosabel RosalindFirst-Year MFA Candidate
Rosabel Rosalind uses self-portraiture and storytelling to celebrate “otherness” surrounding both the Jewish and female body. Through drawing, painting, and printmaking Rosabel responds to a combination of autobiography, anti-Semitic histories, and narrative traditions both ancient and contemporary. Straddling the line between the sacred and profane, Rosabel employs dark humor and sarcasm to tweak long-established narratives, critiquing hierarchies of power and embracing the grotesque caricatures that are historically entangled in identity politics.
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.