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THE MEXICAN FOLK ART-INSPIRED ILLUSTRATIONS OF STACEY ROZICH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Stacey Rozich is a prolific artist, balancing gallery shows, commercial projects, and occasional album covers with personal projects, all while keeping her practice simple and open. Theatrically-staged landscapes made of costumed creatures and ornamental tombstones; fire and water restricted on a page as if a prop; humorous takes on the happenings of Coney Island; romance after death; such is her work.

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Based in Los Feliz, California, Rozich is known for her folk and Pop art-inspired gouaches. She explores worldly notions of death, attaching an uncannily humorous spin to her works. Her creations are vividly captivating, and a well informed portrayal of the inherent nature of death, life, and daily interaction featured in mythology. Rozich’s work is both gentle and overwhelming, her vivid palette a reflection of her natural leaning towards visual chaos.

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With a deep respect and adoration for history and craftsmanship, Rozich pulls from the world of performance and folk art, explaining her adoration for the complexity of Mexican culture: “There are so many states in Mexico with different aesthetics and materials and color palettes which are incredibly rich and deeply spirited and that they can be at once identifiable and united and also very different, that appeals to me.”

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