"My images are from dreams, memories and observations of the world around me.... imaginary versions of myself.
Rovetto refers to her work as autobiography, figurative but not literal, diverse, introspective, emotive and provocative, inviting the viewer to have their own memories. Her ability to draw informs her work and enables her to be inventive rather than developing and sticking with a signature style.
Draw. Scribble Twine. Charcoal Sketch. Smear Paint. Collage Crumbly Bible Medical Pages. Photography. Crochet. Found Objects. Mark-Making. Gesture. Intuition. Surprise. Laugh.
"In my family, either you went along with what they were doing or you revolted. I felt the most important thing I could do was establish my complexity. If I put a retrospective up twenty-five years ago, it would have looked like a group show to most people. There has always been and maybe there will always be a tremendous pressure on artists to have the signature image. Now they call it the branding image, I suppose. I decided to refuse that as a possibility for me. I needed to have as many different images of myself out there as possible."
(New Yorker interview Doreen St. Felix)
PEOPLE WRITING ABOUT MY WORK:
"Local dream-architect Lucy Rovetto, whose distressed figures always seem to be emerging from the mist or flickering out of being. Images of bodies in trouble: acrobats suspended in space, pictures of skinned knees on recycled paper, toy soldiers backlit so dramatically that they look like real doughboys caught in the fog of war."
"Lucy Rovetto has lived in Jersey City all of her life. She is sensitive to the artistic movement around her, she’s had decades to observe the struggle of building a thriving career in a place with such a sky-high cost of living. She roots for her peers while collaborating and exhibiting her own raw beguiling figural and otherworldly work. Messages of mythos and hidden meaning are thread throughout her artworks. There are leaves to read in her covid-isolation coffee filter collection. Her Circus Pi (Circum Ferre) appears like a stained glass depiction of a psychedelic math saint. Planets, symbols, dreamscape horses, a galactically -placed fire hydrant… the subjects of her eye are disparate but alike in their strangeness."
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