Rosemary Meza-DesPlas focuses on the creation of artworks such as hair drawings, watercolors and wall drawings. Her artwork reflects contemporary notions of gender issues and feminism. These areas of study offer a fluid perspective on female history and the subsequent impact on social structures. The imagery she uses is appropriated from art historical depictions of women and re-contextualized to craft a contemporary meaning. All of the work entails a labor-intensive process of repetitive mark-making. The mark-making may be the sewing of human hair, brush marks or lines created with conte on a wall. The artwork is figurative from fragments to whole figures. The hair drawings (she utilizes her own hair) are sewn with embroidery needles into mylar, canvas, an assortment of fine art papers and found book pages.
Rosemary Meza-DesPlas received her BFA from University of North Texas in Denton and an MFA (Hoffberger School of Painting) from Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She studied with Grace Hartigan. Her most recent exhibitions include Climate Gallery in Long Island City, School of Fine Art Gallery @ Indiana University, Center for Latino Arts in Boston, MA and the Hatton Gallery @ Colorado State University. She is currently a full-time faculty member in the art department at El Centro College in Dallas, TX.