Rosemary Feit Covey

Rosemary Feit Covey is giving an artist talk/wood engraving demo today at 1 pm.  Read a little more about her before coming in to see her talk:

Rosemary Feit Covey is an American Wood Engraver (born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but now working out of the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA) who has prints in the collections of the National Museum of American History (Washington, DC), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Papyrus Institute (Cairo, Egypt), and the National Library of Scotland (Endinburgh, Scotland), to name a few off of an impressive list.  In addition, she has had works commissioned by The New York Times Book Review, National Institute of Science, and Georgetown University, among others, and is included in Simon Brett’s “An Engraver’s Globe: Wood Engravings World-wide in the Twenty-First Century.” (also for sale at the gallery now)

Gallery shot of "David" and "Astrocytes." (David with Astrocytes not pictured)

Rosemary’s challenging work often deals with the body, death and disease.  For example, “Astrocytes” is derived from images of cells by the same name which are found in the brain and spinal column which perform a variety of functions.  Layered over her print David to become David with Astrocytes, the viewer begins to wonder about his particular brain function.  What is he thinking?  Are his cells healthy?  Are those cells firing as he looks out upon us?

WPG also has some of Ms. Covey’s “Vanitas, Vanitas” prints in the gallery this month, including Nkonde Print (not pictured) .”Vanitas” artworks developed in Dutch paintings during the 17th century as still lifes  created to remind the viewer of the fleeting quality of life.  In Nkonde, a beautiful young woman dances with Death.  The symbolism is stong here–the skeleton, clearly, is Death itself, the flies represent death, even the embroidery on the woman’s skirt is derived from images of disease-causing bacteria.  The young woman seems to be pulling away, begging the question, will she be Death’s next victim or is she able to elude him for a while longer?

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2 responses to “Rosemary Feit Covey

  1. Covey does some very interesting work. I’ve visited her studio at Torpedo Factory and attended a couple of exhibits with her work. She’s one to watch.

    • And her talk today was very informative! She had some interesting insights as to the differences between British and American wood engravers (in a broad sense, British are much more technically driven and Americans are more expressive, not that either is lacking in technique or content!) We’re so glad she was able to be a part of this exhibition.