Certain conventions of American home decorating and interior design from the seventies and eighties and the mundane domestic objects featured in that décor become fantastic when in the hands of Mindy Rose Schwartz. Working in ceramics, paper, and plaster, Schwartz’s sculptural installations blur the boundaries between recognizable household trappings and almost nightmarish manifestations from the natural world that encroach upon and overtake their environments. Schwartz is interested in the mutability of those sentimental objects and surroundings that absorb our personal histories and accompanying emotions. Her final installations seem animated with the drama of everyday life, becoming monstrous, ghostly or otherwise charmed by the sentiments they have been repository for.
In Evocative Objects, Sherry Turkle describes how “when an object is lost, a subject is found.” Objects, once disparaged as excess, hobbyism or perversion, are actually the centerpieces of emotional life and provocations to thought. Schwartz’s work explores this rich territory, where objects become container for feelings and desire and move into the magical and uncanny. She traps the moment when things morph into the meaningful, loaded with the ‘people’ who chose, cherished and projected onto them.
Mindy Rose Schwartz has shown her sculpture and installations throughout the United States with exhibitions in Houston, TX; Brooklyn, NY; St. Louis and Kansas City, MO; Miami, FL and Chicago. Her work has been written about in artnet Magazine, Beautiful Decay (online), Time Out Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, Newcity, ArtForum, Frieze Magazine, Art in American and Whitewalls. She was the recipient of a 3Arts Fellowship to Ragdale in 2010 and a Frankel Foundation Full Fellowship Award to the Vermont Studio Center in 2005. Schwartz earned her MFA at the University of Illinois, Chicago.