Since Nancy Rosen was a little child she has found solace in the small things: sunflower seeds, rubber band balls, using the roll of toothpaste until there is not a single drop left. She sees beauty and comfort in repetition, patterns in most any variety.
It’s the little things that guide her painting. The way a subject smiles. The way the light hits their arm. That tiny background detail that suddenly seems dreadfully important to the finished work. Nancy’s artistic process is one of open arms.
She paints without vacation or hiatus, filling the walls of her Chicago studio with works-in-progress, none removed until they’re finished. Patterns beget new patterns; images layer on top of one another as she aims to capture little human encounters, ranging from a soft embrace to the hidden, reassuring brush of an index finger at the edge of the picture plane.
She’s truly an artist in every essence of the word. More Is More, in the Family Room, represents a diverse and expansive taste of her endless collection—a wide variety of little things.
Shot by Andrew Musch & Sam Rosen
Edited by Leo Rosen