Published on the occasion of the exhibition Totems at Circle Culture in Berlin, October 2nd – 31st, 2015.
Rose's works are characterized by an outstanding mix of graphic elements and symbols. The artist claims that life is nothing more than a dictionary of symbols: “We look to symbols everywhere to help us make sense of our existence. From the mundane to the mystical symbols are totems that give order to the chaos and also help define ourselves as a tribe.” Rather than use symbols for their intended significance, Rose always recontextualizes meanings in unexpected ways – creating abstract visuals composed of symbols invented and culled from the annals of visual history. - Nieves