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

sold
Melinda Rosenberg Boats found sticks, pine and paint
Boat 57, 54, 49 and 52, (left to right)
2019
found sticks, pine and paint
Melinda Rosenberg Boats
Detail of Boat 49 and 52
2019
Melinda Rosenberg Boats found sticks, pine, ash and paint
Boat 50, 51, (left to right)
2019
found sticks, pine, ash and paint
left is 47x7x6", right is 66x7x3"
Melinda Rosenberg Boats mesquite, found wood and painted pine
Boat 53, detail
2019
mesquite, found wood and painted pine
Melinda Rosenberg Boats paint and aniline dye on ash and barn siding
Sheild
2017
paint and aniline dye on ash and barn siding
53x11x5"

sold
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 aniline dyes and paint on pine and curly maple
Emerging Stick
aniline dyes and paint on pine and curly maple
43x5x3
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 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 plywood, pine and arched molding
Boat 12
2015
stick, aniline dyes and paint on plywood, pine and arched molding
78x10x7"
Melinda Rosenberg Boats aniline dyes and acrylic on pine, stick and spoons
Rowing
2015
aniline dyes and acrylic on pine, stick and spoons
49x8x7"