Size: 24"W x 18"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Curator's Note: A lot of care and emotion went into creating this piece, as the artist describes below.
"Chose One" was a painful piece to create, both in terms of the physical stress it took to make the materials work out just right, and the emotional strain I experienced due to the personal nature of the meaning behind it. The reason I chose the title for this piece was that I wanted a lot of things for my life and it didn't seem like I could have it all.
I created this piece during a time in my life where I was juggling work, school, family, my art, and my happiness.
My inspiration in creating this piece came from an idea I had for another piece. I wanted to create a door that opened to reveal a beautiful scene behind it, but during that time in my life, the "door" didn't seem like it could be opened. The keys, labeled from left to right with the words "Dreams", "Memory", "Love", "Journey", "Secret", "Heart", and "Life" represent things I feel we all struggle with, all need to juggle at some point in our lives.
San Francisco born artist Andrew Rosas has a unique take on art. “Art is not the piece, the thing you have created. The piece is just the tool, or the platform. Art is a conversation the creator has with the viewer or the participant. It is the purposeful drawing forth of thought or emotion from another through a conversation had without words. Art is crafting a feeling, or an emotion or idea, such that it becomes real and present for another human being. If I create something, and through the thing I have crafted an emotion or an idea, if I can walk away from it and someone else can step in and feel and understand the idea or the emotion, I have created Art.” Andrew takes much of his motivation from artists such as: MC Escher, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and Georges Seurat.