Rosemary Barile was born in 1955 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree fromthe University of Washington in 1997. The focus of her studies were Fiber Arts and Buddhist Art History in Asia. As an undergraduate she traveled to Nagoya Japan for the International Shibori Symposium. This trip proved to be pivotal in influencing her art, as well as, her personal life. While in Japan she was introduced to Buddhist and Shinto spiritual practices and Japanese Tea Ceremony. As a graduate student she went on to study the ritual of Tea Ceremony with the Seattle Urasenke Foundation and began her ongoing exploration of Hatha Yoga.
Barile presently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"I work primarily with encaustic; a combination of molten, pigmented beeswax and damar resin that hardens as it cools. The paint is applied to a rigid, porous surface (usually wood) then fused with heat. Painting with encaustic allows me to build up layers of color and texture that can be embedded with collage materials such as cloth, Japanese papers and photographic imagery. The surface can also be carved and etched into or scraped away. Removing areas of wax allows the underlying elements to reemerge. Multiple wax layers create a translucent surface where what lies beneath influences the subsequent layers adding visual richness and mystery.
My background in Fiber Art continues to inform my work. Many pieces incorporate silk that has been rusted against metal or oxidized on copper, employing various Shibori (resist) dyeing techniques to imprint the fabric. I also compost organic materials such as produce and flowers on silk. The organic marks that result from these processes become a visual metaphor for physical and spiritual transmutation."