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 sculpt smoothed recessions that nod to these geological processes and the passage of time. I push and tap on a hollow pod to shape peaks and valleys. Rotating the form within my hand is similar to the act of holding a stone and connecting to the earth. My aim is to produce a moment for mindfulness, transcribe my journey, and feel the calm of creation.
I received my B.F.A. from UNC-Asheville, where I devised my micaceous surface treatment. Wading in the mountain stream beds, I picked each shining flake of mica out of the clear water. I was reminded of my barefoot days in the creek behind my childhood home. The result is a fossil, embedded with my experience as a North Carolinian and the imprint left in me in return.
ABOUT ROSALIE MIDYETTE
Rosalie Midyette maintains a studio in downtown Raleigh as well as casting bronze in a foundry in Durham. she uses a variety of materials to experiment with texture and size and uses molds to refine the final form. Rosalie finishes her work with layers of subtle color in both mica-treatments and patinas. She teaches private lessons as well as workshops in studios such as Claymakers in Durham and N.C. State Crafts Center. Rosalie’s work is on display in Craven Allen Gallery, Bev’s Fine Art and FRANK Gallery.