Rosemarie Fiore employs processed-based methods to challenge the boundaries between chance and choice. She states that she is interested in creating paintings, photographs and drawings through collaboration with common mechanisms and she does just that. Fiore has created works using amusement park rides, lawnmowers, windshield wipers, waffle irons, pinball machines, and smoke bomb fireworks to name a few. Her inspiration often comes from the choreographed moments of every day machines that go seemingly unnoticed to the naked eye. Her art is produced through the actions of these machines, a sort of time-based media. Thus, there is a constant tension between what the artist premeditates and what is created by chance.
Fiore’s sense of play and experimentation carried over in her work at Dieu Donné. Fiore used a waffle iron to burn delicate patterns into handmade abaca paper. No paint was used, only the heat from the iron, resulting in organic singe marks. She also created several works based off her interest and experience playing ’80s war video games. Recreating some of the intricate compositions of what we would now deem pixilated graphics, Fiore juxtaposes the oldest form of medium with that of the newest.
Rosemarie Fiore (b. 1972) received her BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in Bronx, NY. Fiore is represented by Von Lintel Gallery, NY, NY.
Workspace Program artist-in-residence 2001