“Art can act as conduit to a common reality where cause and effect are understood, where there is no chaos, where one can affect real change.”
(American, b. 1958)
Rosalyn Bodycomb creates compositions energized by movement and light in order to capture the impression of a fleeting moment. Her artwork stands as both a respite from and a space in which to contemplate the chaotic world around us. Her photorealistic scenes of the everyday are tilted and cropped at unusual angles, pushing the boundaries between the hyperreal and the abstract. With varied subjects including metro stations, corner stores, and rippling streams, she captures the unique beauty and harmony of everyday scenes.
In her metro series, Bodycomb depicts the New York and D.C subway systems from unique angles, askew and dynamic as if blurred by movement. She is fascinated with the theory of relativity and aims to represent the nature of time in her art, explaining that, “this is a difficult concept to grasp because time for us is experiential. We’re certain that there’s a chronological order to events that cannot be flipped on its head willy-nilly. However, possibilities abound if we step away from this linear narrative”. Her paintings, not anchored to a specific time, immerse the viewer in an everlasting moment, emphasizing the complex concept that time is limitless.
Bodycomb was born in Hawaii, but spent her childhood in Southern California, and eventually moved to Texas where she got her MFA in painting at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions, including the Alternative Museum in New York, the Arlington Museum of Art, The Grace Museum, and the L9 Center for the Arts. She was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award (2005), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2007), and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2009). She currently lives and works in New York, NY.