Gossamer Rozen is a transgender, gender non-binary, Filipino/African American artist whose work is deeply personal and touches on intimacy and self-actualization. Gossamer uses art as a way to cope with their own emotions, and as a way to get difficult and overwhelming thoughts out of their mind and into the world. Gossamer began as a maker with an interest in game design, narrative illustration, comic books, and children's' book illustrations. Their current body of work explores a variety of media post-graduation from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012, including but not limited to tattooing, woodcarving, soft sculpture, doll making, and textile art. The slow process of hand sewing, hand carving, machine-free tattooing, and drawing is meticulous and repetitive, a type of meditation and coping method that is integral if not more important than the finished work. Gossamer is particular about material, exploring the use of old, worn and antique fabrics and papers in their work, inhaling inspiration from these objects and exhaling new life with their touch.


AWARDS & SHOWS

STRATUM, July 2019
Ori Gallery
Portland, Oregon
Group exhibition

PERTURBATION, February 2019
Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery
Kokomo, Indiana
Juried exhibition

MENAGERIE - WILD AND WONDERFUL, January 2019
The Contemporary Art Exchange
Washington, North Carolina
Juried exhibition

3RD ANNUAL SMALL WORKS SHOW, November 2018
Waverly Small Works Gallery
Waverly, Pennsylvania
Juried exhibition

SHOUTOUT: BLACK ART EXHIBITION, November 2018
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Group exhibition

QUEER AND COUNTING ART SHOW, June 2018
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Group exhibition

SCRANTON ZINE FEST, June 2018
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Panel speaker

MONOCHROMATIC PRINT EXCHANGE, March 2018
Richmond, Virginia
Group exhibition

MASSART SENIOR SHOW, May 2012
Boston, Massachusetts
Group exhibition

MASSART ALL SCHOOL SHOW, Fall 2010
Boston, Massachusetts
Group exhibition

MASSART ALL SCHOOL SHOW, Spring 2009
Boston, Massachusetts
Group exhibition

MASSART PRESIDENTS' AWARD, Fall 2008
Boston, Massachusetts
Scholarship

HAZLETON ART LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP, Spring 2008
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Scholarship

MARIAN SUTHERLAND KIRBY LIBRARY ART SHOW, Spring 2008
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
Group exhibition

FINE ARTS FIESTA POSTER CONTEST, Spring 2008
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Juried competition

TOKYOPOP RISING STARS OF MANGA 6, Spring 2007
Online Event
Juried competition

TOKYOPOP RISING STARS OF MANGA 5, Spring 2006
Online Event
Juried competition

 

EDUCATION

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

  • Certificate in Project Management, Received December 2018

  • Certificate in Introduction to Business Management, Received April 2016

  • Certificate in Corporate Communication, Received December 2016

MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Boston, Massachusetts

  • B.F.A. in Sculpture, Received May 2012

  • Graduation with Academic Honors and Distinction

CERTIFICATION

NYC LICENSED TATTOO ARTIST
The City of New York Department of Health
Issued June 11, 2019
Expires May 31, 2021