'A study in color'

Part of the SCAD FASH 300 series

Artist statement

This still life series is a study of my personal treasures arranged by color — a web of memories woven together with idiosyncratic talismans, patinated travel mementos and timeworn gifts from family, friends and lovers. People collect to remember the past — evidenced by Becker's portraits of celebrities and dilettantes and Lismore's carefully chaotic assemblages of couture — and their recollections are often embellished and elevated as time passes. SCAD FASH exhibitions reveal fantastical, often personal stories through the exposition of fashion and film, allowing us to inhabit another's world, if only for a moment. Using the worlds of Becker, Lismore and Ondrejcak as my muse, I invite the viewer to uncover the narrative present in my photographs.

— Claire Rosen (B.F.A., photography, 2006)

Claire Rosen, B.F.A., photography, 2006, Montclair, New Jersey, "Still Life Study in Silver," “Still Life Study in Black and White" and "Still Life Study in Lismore Gold," from "Nostalgia: a Study in Color," series, photographed collected objects, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.


Rosen straddles the line between fine art and commercial art, producing independently conceived projects and those commissioned for commercial use. In order to blend two seemingly paradoxical realms, she looks to childhood games for insight into the human condition. Her series, "Nostalgia: a Study in Color," is a study of her personal belongings arranged with unexpected objects according to their color. Inspired by the game, I Spy, each work represents a web of memories including scavenger hunts, trinkets of travels, gifts from family, friends and lovers and other collectibles.

About the artist

Claire Rosen is an award-winning, New York-based fine art, fashion and commercial photographer, video artist and educator. Her work has been featured in many publications around the world, earning Rosen a mention as one of Forbes' "30 Under 30" for art and design. In 2013 she mounted her first solo show at the SCAD Museum of Art, and since then, Rosen has exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her work has been commissioned by organizations worldwide and is included in numerous public and private collections.

About SCAD FASH 300

SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film exhibitions are as dynamic, thought-provoking and unique as the artists and designers they celebrate. Now you can seize the opportunity to expand your art collection, celebrate fashion and film and support the university's mission with commemorative, limited-edition works created exclusively for the museum by SCAD artists.

Each original, imaginative work demonstrates the talent of the university's brightest students and alumni, and is produced on-site at SCAD Atlanta.