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 glitter and paint on pine and reclaimed barn wood
Shield 4
2018
glitter and paint on pine and reclaimed barn wood
51x11x7"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats glitter, sequins and paint on found wood
Tip
2018
glitter, sequins and paint on found wood
20x5x4"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats paint and aniline dye on ash and barn siding
Sheild
2017
paint and aniline dye on ash and barn siding
53x11x5"

Melinda Rosenberg Boats aniline dyes and paint on pine and barn siding
Shield 2
2017
aniline dyes and paint on pine and barn siding
69x14x5"

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

sold

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 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 stick and maple
Untitled 19
2015
stick and maple
50x6x3"

sold

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

sold

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

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