Today, painter Aubrey Roemer joins us for our interview series Five Alive. I met Aubrey at a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and right after leaving the residency, Aubrey had plans to go work on ambitious public art projects in Nicaragua and Indonesia. She is currently still on a boat in Indonesia, and she describes both of these amazing and intense projects below the interview.
Aubrey Roemer is a visual artist, whose work incorporates painting, photography, printmaking, installation, and performance. There is a strong focus on materials within the work, often using found and repurposed items – such as linens, bedsheets, dinner napkins, and old candles. The raw materials are tailored to each project, using a given object’s context to reinforce the conceptual nature of the artwork.
Her work centers around portraiture and the representational, but touches into abstraction in it’s execution. The artist often uses community as a platform for creation – depicting the employees of a strip club, painting the people of an entire town, photographing houses along one road, etc. In this regard, there are facets of journalism, anthropology, and socio-economics found within the work.
Aubrey Roemer was born in Rochester, NY. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute. She has had residencies in Europe and Indonesia, and exhibited in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally.
What is your favorite art making tool?
I am secretly a (color) writer, so color, in all mediums.
What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?
Music is all over the place: old Future Islands, a little Tom Waits, bombastic classical music, dark country tunes that hark to True Detective, and two new bands other artists put me on to—Darkside and The Acid. Oh, and this band from Florida: Holopaw.
Where do you go for peace and quiet?
The ocean, the big beautiful ocean. No matter how intense my life may or may not feel, the ocean is more vast than I will ever be. I find this soothing.
Where is your next dream travel destination?
The Philippines—I want to do a portrait study of the bakla, i.e. trans/gay culture there. Although Africa and India are calling my name, too.
Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to?
Really depends on the project. I am most known for the blue and white palette that was Leviathan: The Montauk Portrait Project. Yet, I try to pair the colors of each project to resonate with the demographic I am attempting to depict.