These pieces are inspired by Chashitsu Architecture, the traditional architecture of the Japanese Tea House.  These 14th century tea houses and gardens are a visual extension of the tea ceremony.  The purpose of the tea ceremony is to refresh the participants thorugh an appreciation of nature, one another, the present moment and a simple and particular aesthetic.  To this end a natural material, such as a tree trunk with branches intact, might serve as a beam in the tea house.  Similarly, each piece in the Boat Series contains a natural stick which serves as the core of each piece.  Each stick is chosen for it's irregularity and natural beauty.  The shape of the inner opening and size of the outside form are determined by the stick. To me, the boat form is figural, female and still.

Boats
Melinda Rosenberg Boats
Cape Driftwood, detail

Melinda Rosenberg Boats driftwood, paint on pine and found wood
Cape Driftwood,
2017
driftwood, paint on pine and found wood
54x7x5

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Melinda Rosenberg Boats sticks, aniline dyes and paint on pine and found wood
Installation
2015
sticks, aniline dyes and paint on pine and found wood

Melinda Rosenberg Boats stick, aniline dyes and paint on pine and found wood
Blue Canoe
2014
stick, aniline dyes and paint on pine and found wood
72x7x3"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats aniline dyes and paint on pine and stick
Canoe 33
2017
aniline dyes and paint on pine and stick
47x7x3"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats paint on pine, cedar and cholla hull
Cactus Canoe
2017
paint on pine, cedar and cholla hull
48x7x5

Melinda Rosenberg Boats cholla hull, paint on curly maple, ply and chip board
Canoe 32
2017
cholla hull, paint on curly maple, ply and chip board
45x8x3

Melinda Rosenberg Boats aniline dyes and paint on pine and curly maple
Emerging Stick
aniline dyes and paint on pine and curly maple
43x5x3

Melinda Rosenberg Boats stick and maple
Untitled 19
2015
stick and maple
50x6x3"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats driftwood and curly maple
Ripple Canoe
2015
driftwood and curly maple
43x6x4"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats croquet sticks, and  paint on ash
Croquet Boat
2017
croquet sticks, and paint on ash
57x6x2

Melinda Rosenberg Boats aniline dyes and paint on pine and stick
Stick 25
2015
aniline dyes and paint on pine and stick
29x5x2"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats aniline dyes on curly maple and sycamore branch with burls
Stick 20
2015
aniline dyes on curly maple and sycamore branch with burls
52x10x4"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats driftwood, barnsiding and 1/4 sawn sycamore
Half Canoe, side view
2015
driftwood, barnsiding and 1/4 sawn sycamore
42x8x4"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats poplar and sycamore stick with burls
Bone Needle 2
2015
poplar and sycamore stick with burls
78x7x7"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats birch branch and paint on found wood
Birch Elipse
2015
birch branch and paint on found wood
23x5x3"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats sticks, yardstick and paint and aniline dyes on cedar and birdsye maple
Yardstick
2015
sticks, yardstick and paint and aniline dyes on cedar and birdsye maple
36x5x2"

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Melinda Rosenberg Boats
Yardstick, detail

Melinda Rosenberg Boats stick, aniline dyes and paint on pine and mantel
Floating Sticks
2015
stick, aniline dyes and paint on pine and mantel
8x16'

Installation at Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH.

Melinda Rosenberg Boats stick, marble, maple, part of a porch
Luminescent Marble
2015
stick, marble, maple, part of a porch
65x7x5"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats stick, aniline dyes and paint on pine and cedar
Ridge Line 5
2014
stick, aniline dyes and paint on pine and cedar
32x4x4"

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Melinda Rosenberg Boats aniline dyes and paint on pine and old oak cutting board
Canoe 12
2015
aniline dyes and paint on pine and old oak cutting board
67x6x2"

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Melinda Rosenberg Boats acrylic on found wood, sticks and spoons
Push Me Pull You
2015
acrylic on found wood, sticks and spoons
64x7x3"

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Melinda Rosenberg Boats
Push Me Pull You
2015

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