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Rosemarie Forsythe's work celebrates the power of ideas through symbols and math/science equations. She uses acrylics, gouache, flashe, gold leaf, and mica chips on paper, canvas, or board.
Above: “Asclepius” is acrylic and flashe on canvas, 11”x14” Asclepius was the Greek god of medicine and carried a staff entwined with a snake, the symbol of wisdom, healing and resurrection. (This staff or rod is featured in the logos of many medical organizations around the world). In this painting, the pattern on the snake is made with sage leaves whose Latin name means “safe.”
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“The Hidden Universe” acrylic on canvas, 30”x40” If you look closely, you can see another universe in the shadows (which involved painting complex and detailed patterns in the background). The equations in the ornaments are 17 equations that changed the world along with the equations related to cycler orbits to Mars. Many symbols of wisdom, knowledge and leadership are embedded throughout the ornaments and the alternate universe in the shadows.
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"Empire Twilight: Autumn" 11"x14" Mixed media on board. The background of this painting is made of my declassified diplomatic reporting cables from the final years of the Soviet Union. I was a US diplomat posted in Moscow and sending back accounts of the tumultuous end of an empire. I traveled across the 11 time zones and 15 Republics of the country, talking to Republic Presidents, opposition groups, authors of independence declarations, dissidents, young people, and scholars. I spent a lot of time talking to officials who were trying to draft the Union Treaty to keep the USSR intact and to Republic leaders who were testing the limits of sovereignty. It took seven years to get the reporting cables declassified through FOIA, and I’m using them as backgrounds for this series.
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Above, "“Grace” 8.5“ x 11“ acrylic and alcohol ink on paper, 2018, a painting in my "Secret Garden" series inspired by the mysterious 15th century Voynich Manuscript. To see more of the "Secret Garden" series and other botanicals, click on the link below.
"Wise Women: The Ancients" Flashe and acrylic on canvas, 16"x20" This painting celebrates five early scientists. From left, astronomer Jeanne Dumee, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher Hypatia, university founder Fatima al-Fihri, the first chemist Tapputi, and astronomer Aglaonice.
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