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Jill Rosati - Sustainable Installation Artist

I collect my materials off the streets or out from dumpsters and garbage cans which would be thrown into landfills otherwise. It is important to me to reuse the abundance of man-made waste that pollutes our earth. Many of my works illustrate the sheer volume of human waste and critique our careless attitudes towards it. My content explores society’s disassociation from the processes through which things are made and where they are discarded to.

Textures are my colors. They relay a desire to touch and engage with my work in a soft or slimy way colors cannot. I like to keep a simple pallet. Variations are created in the way light travels through a crushed milk jug or crumpled paper towel and bounces off shiny styrofoam or gelatinous goo. I transform them into interactive settings to instill either tranquility or chaos in viewers.

Inviting people to interact with my work is crucial to its presentation. Adding the figure to a setting introduces scale, depth, and wonderment into the worlds I create. My work is about spreading a message and people learn best when they can experience the impact first hand. Observing the torment of two figures from inside the room where they made their tragic mistake or wandering around a room full of trash wanting to touch everything provokes a fascination in viewers unattainable when trapped behind a velvet rope barricade.


Featured in Fiber Arts Now,  Excellence in Fibers 2017   Article by Marcia Young

Featured in Fiber Arts Now, Excellence in Fibers 2017

Article by Marcia Young


School of Visual Arts painting and sculpture majors prepare their year-end projects in studios atop the CFA building

Video by Jason Kimball


The BU BUZZ Spring 2016

Interview by Riva Clemons



myCFA senior Jill Rosati (CFA BFA Sculpture '16) reflects on her four years at BU College of Fine Arts and gives advice to future students.

Video by Rebecca Dobyns


Boston University grad and innovative artist Jill Rosati explains the process-and the meaning-behind her "stinky" art.

Video by Erica Maybaum



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