I am fascinated by the complexity of the natural world and our own human anatomy. As an artist I have continually explored textures and abstracted forms, negative and positive spaces, light and shadow, linear elements that convey both connectedness and disconnection and, more recently, permanence and fragility. The calligraphic lines and the spaces in between them that I observe in the landscape and in my research about the brain and how we think, process information, and form memories feel like enigmatic languages to me, unique unto themselves, endlessly exquisite yet tenuous. Using waxes and other art materials I feel I can extend the meaning of my work beyond literal representation by creating layers of meaning, metaphor, translucency, physicality and temporality.
Lia Rothstein has BA and MFA degrees from Boston University. She has been a professional photographer for over 40 years, has taught digital photography and imaging in colleges and art centers throughout New England, and has also worked as a photographic specialist for Dartmouth College. Lia was awarded artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Baer Art Center in Hofsos, Iceland. From 2009 through August 2012 Rothstein directed the award-winning PHOTOSTOP Gallery in White River Junction, VT. She has exhibited her photographic and mixed media work in galleries and museums across the US and her work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Polaroid Permanent International Exhibition Photography Collection, John Hancock, and the Radisson Group. Rothstein’s encaustic and cold wax paintings are featured in the recently published book, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin.