Rosemary Otto,The Two People, mixed media collage (oil), 16" x 20 "
78-year-old Rosemary Otto is a self-taught, outsider artist whose work is both a form of creative expression and has helped in her recovery from mental illness. Born in Germany to an American mother and German father, Rosemary now lives in the house where she was raised: her great-grandmother’s house in Lake Worth, Florida, where she paints in between visits to the nearby senior center and her doctor appointments.
Rosemary Otto: Invisible Women
The Box Gallery
Rolando Chang Barrero
Opening Reception: July 22, 2017 | 7-10 PM
Exhibition dates: July 22-August 30, 2017
WEST PALM BEACH-Mixed media paintings of Invisible Women by artist Rosemary Otto will be showcased on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at The Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. The public is invited to this fascinating exhibition.
Older women, and people with mental illnesses often become invisible to those around them, according to Rosemary who is almost 80 years old and maintains her own home and studio space in Lake Worth.
Diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 19, Rosemary developed her own mixed media technique by cutting out figures from watercolor paper, layering them onto canvas and painting them twice with oils. Her whimsical and vivid creations have been her “light in the darkness” for 60 years.
Rosemary’s works have been exhibited at The Norton Gallery and in galleries from New York to Miami. She is featured in the coffee table book, Sunshine from Darkness: The Other Side of Outsider Art, Artists Reaching Beyond the Stigma of Mental Illness, by Nancy Glidden.