Samantha Rosenwald

Being a frizzy-haired, comically chubby chicken nugget born and raised into the glossy, chill- centric culture of Los Angeles has not only infiltrated my identity politics and spurred my fixation with female beauty expectations, but it has also urged me to lean into my sense of humor as a mode of social survival. Comedy, strangeness, anxiety, and unnecessary overachievement define my work and my identity. If life is a Sisyphean quest for cultivated L.A. chillness, then the inevitable and cyclical downhill tumble is lonely, dissociative, and self- flagellating.

Formally, my work harnesses these neurotic and comic tendencies. The use of coloured pencils, a small unsophisticated material associated with childhood, not only points to the dissonance between highbrow and lowbrow in my thinking and practice, but it also echoes the labor of the obsessive overachiever. That anal girl, in her relentless perfectionism, appears to be fun, or at least socially compliant, but within her obsessive attempts at greatness, there is an innate glitch: a sinister disobedience or a rippling strangeness that, in itself, is radically unsettling.


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Party of One  Colored pencil on canvas, 2o18

Party of One
Colored pencil on canvas, 2o18


Self Care  Colored pencil on canvas, 2o18

Self Care
Colored pencil on canvas, 2o18