People have been framing images for millennia, a ritual pushed to absurdity by mass-media capitalism. That an image undergoes violent change once displayed in isolation from its surroundings is undeniable – but what sawdust does this process leave behind?
Having studied from childhood with Chilean artist Susana Larraín, and later pursuing painting under Jerry Weiss at the Art Students League of New York, Rossi focuses on the subdued medium of drawing to soul-search through problems of representation. Mining image culture from the days of icons and illuminated manuscripts to today’s social-media interfaces, she is interested in the human response to contemporary image-exhibitionism, both at the scale of the individual and collective. Scrutinizing questions raised by luminaries such as Debord, Adorno, Benjamin, and Berger, Rossi gambles that by re-inscribing the distance from viewer to image into the image itself, we can reclaim some minimal sincerity in representing the world.