Life Imitates Art: Mary Rosenberger on Her Art and How It Plays into Her Personal Feminism

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The voice of your art can singlehandedly compel thousands of people to feel or to be felt to certain topics or movements. For Mary Rosenberger, an East Bay artist, her art form has used her dynamic voice to speak leaps and bounds on women’s rights, body issues, and translating it all into her simplistic final product(s).

The world of art is a funny plane — it lifts those who want it and rests those who can’t handle it. Once you hit the right note, the ability to take off and soar even higher is like a snowball effect. For Rosenberger, art has always been her release from the pain she felt towards a number of issues. “I think my power descended from the combination of having an outstanding and supportive mother, but also my years of being treated poorly by various friendships, and my old abusive relationship. I never would be this assertive and confident if it wasn’t for years of being treated poorly.“

Though starting a very young age, art adapted to Rosenberger’s life very seamlessly — with the help and encouragement of her mother, crayon doodling became a pastime favorite for the both of them. Though it didn’t stick forever, a period of Rosenberger’s life had been shrouded in defeat, disappoint, and a lack of the spark, “From ages 17-20 I barely made anything. I put no real effort into my art. It was a very hard time for me emotionally. When I finally broke free of that toxic dynamic I met the love of my life only months later, André Moya.”

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From there, Rosenberger broke her gloomed dynamic and began to blissfully draw through the world with no cautionary tape holding her back. With the ever-so encouragement of her boyfriend and mother, she began to pick up speed on the inter-wide-web where from there, her art started to speak to millennial women around the country.

“I was full of emotion just waiting to be expressed. I started making abstract paintings and enjoyed the power in simple line drawings. With every piece that I made I started feeling fueled and fulfilled.“

Following in her lover’s steps, Rosenberger began her quest of research, reveling in the beauty of art history. Caving herself within the library, picking apart the very essence of art itself, “I would follow him to his college, sitting in the library for hours at a time - sinking my teeth into every art book I could get my paws on. Being around this atmosphere re-lit a flame in me that I had, for too long, neglected.”

Though with the growing popularity of her work, Rosenberger became a household name among popular social media channels, namely Instagram. Her work flourished among those who fell head over heels for the women that she depicted on paper. But with the good, comes the bad — her work has also attracted “critics” who believe that the work is not of merit, “Every day there is negative feedback on my pictures about my art, or my body, or nearly anything that I share-BUT the good ALWAYS outweighs the bad. I actually have met some of my best friends on social media. I overwhelmingly grateful for it.

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“Truthfully abstract and impressionistic painting are my true favorites. The freedom and looseness of paint is what draws me to it. I love room for creative leniency. I like working without rules.“

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With the growing popularity of Rosenberger’s art and persona on social media, some of her die-hard fans have nothing but encouraging words for the young artist, “Excellent.”, “Happiness inducing“, “MARY!!! YES!!! YES!!! MARY!!!“ — Becoming a voice of a generation, Rosenberger’s free form style and confident charisma can be seen in her eclectic bodies of work. “In years to come, I see myself designing clothing, purses, accessories, shoes, and making art everywhere I go. I want to paint murals, I want to inspire people to challenge themselves to be creative. I want to show everyone that they can to be an artist, even if they’re terrified and totally doubtful at first. I want to save people through art.”

When asked about her inspirations, Rosenberger was frank and grateful, “Listing my favorite artists doesn’t seem fair. The list would go on and on. It’s like asking someone what food they’d like to eat for the rest of their lives. Art is the same. I am inspired most by my brilliant mother who always shown me that not everything has to be perfect or precise to be special, my friends for being my muses - I am so thankful for their vibrancy and wit, without them my art would not be the same, and of course my amazing boyfriend who is one of the most dedicated people I’ve ever met. He inspires me to try harder in every way.“

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// Mary Rosenberger’s work can be found and purchased here but you got to be quick because they are selling out FAST! Photographed by Danielle Rueda, Hair and Makeup by Teresa Reynolds, Styled by Teresa Tran, and modeled by Mary Rosenberger.


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