Artist Joseph Rossano '78 addressed students at a recent Upper School assembly, offering a preview of an extensive exhibition of his original work at Sagamore Hill, the historic home of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay. The work in this exhibition was inspired by the location and by Roosevelt himself. Rossano shares Roosevelt's passion for nature and pro-active conservation. He explained that his journey to becoming an artist began with a love for nature, fishing and science which inspired him to use art as a vehicle to encourage awareness and dialogue about conservation and the interconnectedness of the human and natural worlds. He discussed how the scientific process informs the art process. "My place in the world of science is to observe and represent what I see," he explained. "It's not about me; it's about the message." The exhibition (which lasts through May) is ambitious in its breadth: from large-scale outdoor installations to seemingly simple paintings. A series of paintings of animals seems straightforward at first, but Rossano revealed that they are replicas of engravings on Roosevelt's guns painted with ink he hand-made from the bark of a tree planted by Roosevelt himself.
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