Award-winning multifaceted Clark art student Angelia Rossberg is the face of devotion, hard work and creativity. Over the years, Rossberg has become highly involved with Clark student life, which has won her the love and respect of Clark students and professors alike.
Rossberg initially came to Clark to obtain her high school diploma at age 27, a milestone she said her aunt pushed her to complete. However, after getting her high school diploma, Rossberg realized she loved college and continued going to Clark to obtain her associate degree in graphic design.
“It’s better late than never,” said Rossberg. “I was 27, coming back just thinking that I was getting a high school diploma and here I am 7 classes away from having an associate [degree].”
Rossberg said before coming to Clark she had always considered herself a creative person and craftsman, but not an artist. Growing up, Rossberg’s mom encouraged arts and crafts at home. She specifically recalls gathering materials outside to create God’s Eyes, a craft created by spinning yarn around a cross made of sticks.
Since attending Clark, Rossberg said that she has found a sense of direction, purpose and meaning as an artist. She uses her art as a therapeutic escape from the day-to-day and as an outlet to better her mental health.
Exploration is an important aspect of Rossberg’s work and she thanks the vast realm of Youtube tutorials for expanding her art skills. She also said she feels inspired by the community of small creators on Instagram. She enjoys working with paper collage, clay, oil painting, macramé, beading, photography, repurposed jewelry and even recycled trash.
Michelle Ramin, Clark art professor and Archer Gallery curator, met Rossberg in fall 2019. She said that she and Rossberg have a close bond and that she has seen Rossberg blossom as an artist over the years. She applauds Rossberg for reflecting on her own identity through her art.
“Successful artists really have to look at themselves and figure out who they are,” said Ramin. “And I see [Rossberg] really do that in her work.”
Rossberg’s ability to integrate her own identity into her work can be seen in the painting “He Said He Saw the Light.” This painting is inspired by conversations with her late father and her journey through the grief process.
Major themes of Rossberg’s art include female empowerment and challenging social norms of body image. Her piece “I’m Not Your BeautyQueen,” reflects these themes and won the award for best drawing at the 2020 Student Annual.
Rossberg is also the editor for Phoenix Alight, which is this year’s special art edition of the Phoenix that focuses on student art submissions. Kathrena Halsinger, Phoenix art advisor and graphic design professor, first got to know Rossberg when she contributed to Phoenix in 2020.
“I hired her based on her passion and interest for fine art and curation,” said Halsinger. “She’s also really mature and responsible, which is always nice to have in an employee.”
After graduating from Clark, Rossberg is exploring the possibility of obtaining her bachelor’s or master’s degree and going on to become an art instructor.
“If you had told me five years ago that I was going to be graduating from Clark in five or six years, I would have laughed at you,” said Rossberg. “I just think the overall message I would like to send to everybody is you don’t know unless you try and it’s never too late to try.
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