Regan Rosburg forces her audience to look at their influence on the natural world with each of her mixed media resin creations. Her works are partially sculpture in the use of skeletal animal remains, feathers, and lace between layers of clear resin. However, she’s as skilled with a paint brush as she is with the 3-D. This is evident in her delicately rendered imagery nesting between the many layers of resin. We had the chance to ask 20 Questions about Regan’s art and life, take a look at her thoughts:
1. What is your earliest memory?
Red shag carpet in my parents’ first house.
2. What type of art did you create as a child?
Mudpies, drawings of faces and horses over and over and over. I also made some mean salt clay animals/blobs.
My mom is a painter and accomplished photographer, and my Dad is as well. My cousin (Darrin Mellor) is also a photographer. My brother (Ryan) is a well known glass blower and instructor in Boulder, CO. Most everyone in the family is creative in some way….
4. Are you “self taught” or “traditionally educated”?
Both, I’d say. I graduated with a BFA in painting, but I continued to give up a social life until I had mastered my resin technique, and had become satisfied with my rendering of images in oil paint. I still think I need work. Last year I worked very hard to develop my drawing ability. It’s all about commitment when you are not in school. Incidentally, right now I’m in graduate school, so I am pushing my materials vocabulary as well as developing my academic writing.
5. What artist has been most influential to your life?
Without a doubt, that would be Chris Jordan and his Midway project. It combines science with beauty, truth, travel, and education. He is unflinching, and I respect that.
The awe and mystery of the natural world.
7. What non-art objects fill your studio space?
Skeletons, skulls, shells, insect specimens, feathers, plants, vertebrae, goose wings, bats, turtles, books, wasp nests, and a comfy hobbit couch. And beer.
8. At what moment did you decide that you were going to pursue art as a career?
During my first year of college, I was pursuing a degree in biology and hated it. I wandered into the art building one day…took five minutes of that building to change my life. I smelled the different scents, heard people talking about art, watched them work away in silence and focus…I marched straight to the office and changed my major. I called my mom from the parking lot and told her, and she bit her tongue…her own mother had told her not to be an artist because it was a hopeless, financially pointless career. My mother gave it up, and she would be damned if she would let me do the same. She has always encouraged me to follow my dreams.
I have a day job. I recommend that to any artist. It takes the pressure off of your work to “provide” for you, and the work can be more authentic that way. I have found this to be true.
10. What is your least favorite art buzzword?
11. Outside of the craft you are known for, are there any other art endeavors you pursue?
I just got back from Washington state, where I wandered through the rain forests for a few days. I went there to install my layered sugar paintings into the environment and record their decay from the incessant rain. I have some pretty cool time lapse footage of it. More and more I’m exploring the idea of decay and preservation
My biggest fear is that humanity will witness its collapse during my lifetime. With so much beauty out there, I worry our need for “things” will overtake our ethic duty as stewards of our world. The weird thing is, I kinda want Earth to kick us off, like brats off a playground. So there is a duality with fear and welcoming, I guess. I’m not so sure that this fear is “irrational” either, which makes it even more frightening.
13. Are there any scientific theories that fascinate you?
That would be Darwin’s sexual selection theory behind his second, lesser known book, “The Descent of Man.” It talks about the idea that beauty is an evolved characteristic that has guided and specialized traits in species from the beginning. I think that ‘s pretty awesome.
14. Is there one album or one musician/band that you are constantly enthralled by?
Been listening a lot lately to Chevelle. I used to hate music like that, but I think I have a lot of inner anger from the past few years, and it has to go somewhere. I also like Desert Noises and Soloman Burke lately. All are very different…
I need both. But generally, I like to be alone or with one other person.
16. What is the most interesting dream you can recall?
I once dreamt Morgan Freeman rode into my bar on a Moped. I was embarrassed because I hadn’t showered and he told me not to worry, that if I rubbed dirt in my armpits no one would know. Then he handed me m&m’s.
17. Any guilty pleasures?
Dark Chocolate, red wine and bath salts (not the kind that make you bite someone’s face off.)
19. Where do you currently live and how did you come to reside here?
Denver…moved away, moved back because Denver is awesome and always sunny, and the people are creative and happy.
20. What is something most people don’t know about you?
I can clean the ribcage of a roadkill squirrel…but if you have a bleeding paper cut you need me to bandage, you are on your own while I run away, wringing my hands. I have no idea why I’m this way, but I am.
For more information on Regan and her work check out: reganrosburg.com.