Marybeth Rothman is known for her figurative mixed media paintings. A solo show of her work is scheduled for May 2019 at The Mark Gallery & Lichtundfire in New York, NY. She was recently selected to exhibit in The Billboard Creative among an international group of artists that included Marilyn Minter and Laurie Simmons. The Billboard Creative transformed 31 Los Angeles billboards into public art spaces creating a citywide exhibition. Rothman exhibited with Roy Lichtenstein, Kurt Schwitters, George Grosz, Salvador Dali and others at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY in Ripped: The Allure of Collage. She exhibited at both Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA and Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ in the exhibition Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic.
Rothman’s work can be found in collections throughout the United States and abroad. She was born in Taunton, MA and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. Her home and studio are in New Jersey.
I create visual biographies of reclaimed and reimagined orphaned, vintage
photographs. This work is a fusion of vintage and digital photographs, abstract drawings, encaustic paint and other antique ephemera that has been digitally altered, combined and repurposed to add narrative texture to the image. This portrait of Hama is from my series of the imagined Pilgrim Lake Library Committee. It was exhibited in the Hunterdon Museum, Clinton NJ, in “Swept Away Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic”.
Concanon Coal Mine String Trio
This series features women that I photographed on the streets of Manhattan and at the Steam Punk World’s Fair. In the studio I created a narrative for the Concanon Coal Mine String Trio by combining my portraits, with photographs of hats, ribbons, flowers, assorted objects, abstract drawings and vintage ephemera that were digitally altered, combined and repurposed. The final work is a fusion of archival pigment prints, encaustic and mixed media.
This series is my fictional tribute to the real women that labored, unwelcomed in the coalfields during the early 20th century. Working in extraordinarily, dangerous conditions while supporting their husbands and families these strong women were also integral to the creation of the coal miner’s union. The Concanon Coal Mine String Trio found relief from their harsh existence and escaped into the beautiful world they created with their music.