Some Sort of Despair: Stacey Rozich Debuts @ First Amendment SF
In her inaugural exhibition at the gallery, Rozich expands her mythology from the past decade, mining the existential depths we confront in our quietest moments, whether it be a moment of solitude or the darkest hour of nighttime. Figures lurk in the shadows of our consciousness and appear shrouded in billowing, intricately patterned garments, reflecting our appetite for reshaping personal experiences. Highly ornate structures and lush botanicals act as the backdrop for these scenarios, revealing themselves as an altered reality imbued with a dreamlike quality. Masked characters, a hallmark of Rozich’s work, have grown to explore intimate circumstances of her signature storybook narrative. Juxtaposing her delicate, yet precise use of watercolor with the dense layers of gouache, Rozich constructs vignettes that combine folklore, medieval religious iconography, and American pop culture. Together, these elements co-mingle like guests at a cocktail party in a fever dream.
Stacey Rozich is a California-based artist, illustrator, and muralist who plays with the boundaries between the mortal world and the dream world. Her storybook world is brought to life through lush patterning, symbolism, and nostalgia.
Stacey Rozich's Some Sort of Despair opens July 6th, with an opening reception from 7 to 10 pm, and is on view through July 26th, 2019.