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Art & Life with Rashelle Roos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rashelle Roos.

Rashelle, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was backpacking through Europe when I finally got it. I had dropped out of undergrad with an undetermined major because it just didn’t feel right. So I saved up some money to travel, and it worked! I found amazing art and architecture, and I found myself. I finally dropped the idea that I needed a practical career, and followed my passion instead. I realized that the world didn’t need people doing what they thought they were “supposed” to do. Rather, the world (and myself) needed people following their personal potential. When I got back to Chicago, I applied to The School of the Art Institute. I was shocked when I was accepted with scholarships. The world was already helping me.
Later, I got three master’s degrees (I know…). First, through an MFA in painting, I expanded my techniques and concepts in painting. Next, with an MA in Middle Eastern studies and Gender minor, I developed skills using art for political dialogue and cross cultural understanding. Finally, with and MAC in Art Therapy, I practiced therapeutic properties in art. That’s where I’m at now. I believe, in this crazy world, we can all use as many sources of happiness and well-being that we can get.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m driven by creating uplifting paintings. I get my inspiration from the great outdoors and nature’s rejuvenating wellness. I try to capture that light feeling of being outside on vacation. I also see patterns in landscapes. By subtracting elements in the landscape around me, I find soothing visual patterns of lively colors.

Simplistic patterns induce alpha brainwaves, which are responsible for that wakefully relaxed state. They aid in stress release, contemplation and the creative zone. I believe our homes should be places of restoration and rejuvenation. Through my flow of artmaking, I hope to create sources of grounding and joy. The results are rhythmic and modern. Many of my clients say the pieces remind them of music. I’m always thrilled when people come back and tell me that the paintings add optimism and cheer to their homes!

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
Artists have always created interpretations of the world around them. Better than a text book, centuries-old paintings show us the values and feelings of societies that came before. The difference now, is that art is more accessible to a broader range of people. Also, artists now use the subjectivity inherent in each of our personal “lenses” to communicate views (instead of being beholden to patrons/authority). Like I said, I used to make political art aimed at cross-cultural dialogue. Now, I make therapeutic art aimed at offering respite. I believe that standing up for what we believe in, and, investing in personal wellness, are two equally important aspects of being human.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
One of A Kind show at the Merchandise Mart every April and December www.oneofakindshowchicago.com

I’m doing a big show in a West Loop loft November 2018, email me at rasheller@gmail.com and I’ll reply with an invite!

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Rashelle Roos

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