Clare Rojas is hands down one of my favorite artists. Her work is inspired by street art, folk art and folk hobbies, and even cartoons — unique combinations that result in humorous narratives conveying themes of feminism, history, and folklore. We have a poster print that she did years ago for Philadelphia-based Space 1026 hanging on the wall in our apartment, and it always provokes conversation with guests. I absolutely adore it.
Currently, Ms. Rojas has a show, which unfortunately closes tomorrow, on view at SCAD. “Through the Woods” showcases the artist’s work from the past five years. Her more recent pieces incoporate a lot of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs, which I recently got into last year when Ryan and I were traveling back and forth from Boston to Pennsylvania planning our wedding. We often stopped at this quirky PA dutch gift shop along the highway that sold hand-silk screened hex signs and ended up giving them to friends at our wedding. If you’re not familiar with the hex sign tradition, you can read about it here. They’re round or hexagonal folkart signs painted with symbols that promote (among other things) good health and peace, and you can find them affixed to Pennsylvania Dutch (not Amish) barns in Pennsylvania.
I’m hoping that Ms. Rojas will continue exhibiting “Through the Woods” at another gallery, but in the mean time, here are a few of my favorite pieces . . .