The primary focus of my work has been forged around human dynamics and the secret corners of our lives. The fragility of the family, gender roles, social issues and the intricacies of our relationships to one another, afford me the opportunity to explore the mysteries of who we are and ultimately, who I am.
Language is often the vehicle that takes me on a journey of realizing a piece or body of work, while humor and heartache is frequently the engine running the machine. Creating the work enables me to connect with something larger than my own personal experience and, if someone who views it is moved to laughter, tears or a moment of reflection, then I’ve reached my destination.
Rose Sellery is an artist living and working in Santa Cruz, California. She works in the materials essential to each piece; from metal to bone, cigarette butts to rose petals, fabric to photographs, creating humorous, thought provoking and occasionally disturbing three-dimensional objects and conceptual garments.
Rose is director of Pivot: The Art of Fashion, a performance-based business that brings art and fashion together with custom tailored events and innovative collaborations. When not creating art or running behind the scenes with Pivot, in her spare time, Rose manages the Cabrillo College Gallery in Aptos, California.