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July 12 – August 9, 2012
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present the work of Hope Rovelto for her New York City Solo Exhibition debut. This work represents the culmination of her 10 months as Greenwich House Pottery’s Resident Artist.
“My work involves contemporary issues in my life as well as those in the world around me. The individual and social topics I choose to depict are global issues that not only serve as a method in which to deal with my own frustrations with my past, present and future, but also serve as a way for viewers to think about frustrations in their own experience. I am influenced by American culture, current media and politics, and what I view as the degradation of the human experience through social and environmental poisons which plague our world. I feel that it is my job as an artist to not only explore these ideas but also present them, provoking an awareness response. Because I believe that art reflects the world in which it exists, politics and art often intersect. As we approach the 2012 presidential election, I want to create a show that depicts the ever-growing tension in our intense political climate.” –Hope Rovelto
Hope Rovelto earned her BFA in sculpture from Maine College of Art and her MFA in ceramics from RIT. She has taught ceramics and art history at the University of the Arts and Philadelphia University. She owns a screen printing and ceramic decal business in Philadelphia, and is currently finishing up a residency at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC. Hope was a resident artist at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, where she currently sits on the Board of Directors. Other residencies Hope has participated in include Arrowmont School of Craft in TN, Penland in NC, and Oxbow in MI.