ROSALIE MIDYETTE

ROSALIE MIDYETTE

ROSALIE MIDYETTE

SHADE, SHADOW, SHAPE
OPENING RECEPTION:  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

through November 3rd

ARTIST STATEMENT

Inspired by the natural and infinite sculpting of the earth’s landscape, I create tactile sculptures called Terraforms.  As eons of water gradually sculpt rocks, I create smoothed recessions that nod to these geological processes and the passage of time.
While completing my B.F.A. at UNC-Asheville, I hiked up the stream beds of Mitchell County and collected mica for my non-traditional surface finish. From the cold, clear water, I picked each shining flake, reminding me of my childhood’s barefoot days in the creek behind my Raleigh home.
Beginning as a hollow clay pod, I push and tap to shape their curvature. These repetitive motions mimic the act of holding a stone and connecting to the earth. As an avenue for introspection, I view my product as seeds of sentiment.
The bronze work is without the delicate mica surface so it can live outdoors where my inspirations were first conceived in permanence, grace and peace in nature. Layered patinas are used to illustrate wear from touch and sun.

ABOUT ROSALIE MIDYETTE

Rosalie Midyette is a Raleigh native, working in her studio downtown.  She received her B.F.A. from UNC-Asheville where she devised her micaceous surface treatment for her sculpture, which can be seen in clay, bronze or aluminum.  She teaches private lessons as well as workshops in studios such as Claymakers in Durham and N.C. State Crafts Center.