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Kay Rosen | the artist






The artist Kay Rosen
Born 1949, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.
Lives and works in Gary, Indiana, .

Style and technique of the artist: Conceptual Art, Printmakers,


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Language has accounted for the image, the subject and the source of my work for a long time. An academic background in comparative linguistics, applied linguistics, and Spanish and French provided a rigorous method and discipline for scrutinizing the smallest mechanisms by which language operates and for dissecting and analyzing almost invisible components of language…

Linguistic systems are a consensus of rules which are products of history and usage. This consensus functions in an active and passive capacity: delivering information (speaking and writing) and receiving it (hearing and reading)...

During my first trip to Chicago for this project, I made a special trip to Gary, Indiana to visit with Kay Rosen, an artist known for her perceptual play and discoveries of unusual linguistic situations. For example, in her wall installation, Yours/Ours that I had viewed the day before at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the word ‘YOURS’ is painted across two adjacent exhibition walls in floor-to-ceiling letters with a hall corridor creating an opening between the ‘Y’ and the ‘O’. This gap, or visual pause, reveals the embedded four-lettered word—’OURS‘—all of which stands to the right of the dividing line. Rosen, through carefully plotted typography, often evokes two words out of one in such a way that our cognitive associations interplay…