Professor, 2003-present, Hamilton Campus
Studio Art (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture)
87 Days (triptych), 2020
Charcoal, gesso, graphite and plastic bags on paper
Three pieces, each 44 x 30 inches
Born and raised in northern Indiana and raised in southern Michigan, respectively, Roscoe Wilson feels his environmental values were shaped by experiencing nature and discovering an awareness that only a forest, lake, and field can offer. He received a BA from Wabash College (Indiana), an MA in Painting and Printmaking from Purdue University (Indiana), and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UWM). It was at the latter that he furthered his interdisciplinary education by studying printmaking, sculptural installation, and painting. Wilson studied the history of environmentalism at UWM, drawing inspiration for his art from former Wisconsin residents and environmental pioneers like John Muir and Aldo Leopold.
My work involves the dilemma of consumerism and waste in contemporary society and the human condition in which we consume to live, but we do not need to live to consume. We buy and sell, save, collect, and ultimately discard practically everything. The problem originates when we buy habitually and compounds when we waste apathetically. We desire the next great invention propagating planned obsolescence instead of sustainable products. These serious issues are more important as the world becomes more connected and our population soars. It is my responsibility to bring this paradoxical dilemma of consuming and wasting to the public eye through art.