Fine artist and illustrator Stacey Rozich makes work inspired from many different folk and indigenous traditions that is very unique. There is just something about the beastly shamanic figures that pulls the viewer directly into the scene. Many of the images conceal emotions and angst behind beautiful renderings of mask and costume. Her precise use of color and gesture articulate these emotions perfectly. Not every image is so heavy, some are friendly and whimsical, some make you think, while others make you laugh. Stacey’s unique ability to connect with her viewers on a personal and emotional level, are what sets her work apart. —Ronnie Wrest / The Citrus Report
What does a normal day look like for you right now?
I’m sort of in an odd transitional state right now: I just finished up design school here in Seattle and immediately (literally at 7 am the next morning) I caught a flight out to Georgia, then went to Los Angeles and now am back. I’m still reeling and trying to gather my brains so I can get started on a mountain of work that has been waiting for me. Since my days are trying to re-adjust themselves, I’ll give you what I’d like a normal day to look like for me. Wake up around 8 am, fix myself a little something to eat then get to some e-mailing. Probably check out a few of my favorite blogs (Forme-foryou.com, Nomealone.Blogspot.com, Design Sponge, among others), watch a couple kitty videos and then see whats on the project roster for the day. If I’m on schedule with my work I’ll allow myself to go out that evening and meet friends for a drink or watch a movie. If I’m off, well, you can bet I am not leaving this table until I am finished or I am in big trouble.
You obviously welcome being busy, but is there a limit? Do you like having multiple projects going at once?
The last two years of juggling a really intense school program with still trying to stay relevant in my personal work was tough and really showed me what a busy schedule would do to my life. Luckily, after some snappy outbursts at roommates, family, etc. I have perservered and found a good balance to work and not being a lunatic. I think I might be addicted to the busy, if I find I’m not as busy I actually get panicked and don’t know what to do with myself. It’s interesting how the psyche can adjust to one pace of working and can go into malfunction mode once it’s diverted. I do enjoy working on several projects at once because it really pushes me to expand my inspiration and creativity to different places I didn’t even know I could go.
I know you put a lot of research into work. What are a couple traditions that have inspired your work lately?
While I was in LA, I set aside to have a museum day where I went to the Getty and the LACMA. At the Getty I was totally enthralled with the pre-Renaissance era religious imagery of Northern and Central Europe. It is so ornate and beautifully patterned, and I love how all of the figures in the artwork all look so sad. On the other end of the spectrum, at the LACMA they had an exhibit of indigenous Pacific Islander artifacts and that also got me running around snapping photos for inspiration. It was a whole different take on cultural traditions, this one deeply rooted in tribal spirituality portrayed in minutely detailed wooden carvings and (real!) chained human skulls.
Some of your work provokes strong emotions, is this a part of your plan or is some of it personal reflection?
Well, I am honored any time someone approaches me with a certain emotional reaction (luckily, always good ones). Truthfully that is never what I set out to do, I think that is why I am still so pleased and humbled when a viewer does take away a personal feeling that my work gave them. I think a lot of it personal. I’ve always had an imagination in turbo-drive ever since I was a kid but it was always very private for me. This constant internal narrative has shaped me into how I operate today and how I approach different pieces that translates itself into work that is evocative to others.
I read that you are a bit of foody…top three meals?
Oh boy, I’m going to put away the Sweet Tarts I’m eating and think about this. Number 1: Fresh shucked oysters on Hood Canal, about an hour and a half outside of Seattle. Surprisingly being in the land of incredible shell fish, a lot of restaurants around here can really screw up a good thing. When you get it straight from the source it’s incredible. Number 2: When I was in Georgia, my boyfriend and I visited his brother and his family and he is quite the self-taught chef. He hand-made fettucine and marinara sauce which you’d think would be a pretty standard meal. But no, oh no, it was light and fresh and one of the most amazing meals I’ve ever eaten and I don’t think I could ever recreate it. Number 3: Anything my father cooks outside that the whole family can enjoy on a warm night on the deck. It seldom ever gets warm enough to eat outside here so anytime we can it’s memorable.
What are you working on right now?
Simultaneously working on Earth’s vol II artwork, work for a solo show at Portland’s Compound Gallery opening August 6th, finishing up a large commission for a collector in Malaysia and putting the final touches on a few graphics for Upper Playground t-shirts.
What else do you have planed for this year?
A few big projects I can’t make public quite yet, but they will be amazing, wonderful and very exciting. Aside from branding my work onto useable/wearable commodities, I’ve got a few shows in the works, commissions and — fingers crossed — a trip of the International variety. You can always stay in touch with me here: http://blog.staceyrozich.com
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