Ed Rossbach

Name
Ed Rossbach
Born
Chicago, Illinois 1914
Died
Berkeley, California 2002
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Luce Artist Biography

Ed Rossbach began making baskets out of tundra grasses while stationed in the Aleutians during World War II, and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy on the GI Bill. Like Pat Hickman and Lillian Elliott, he became part of the Bay Area fiber arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s, challenging traditional forms and media in basketmaking. He used plastic, metal, food cartons, and old newspapers to express his delight in American popular culture. A carefully crafted basket made out of trash was Rossbachs challenge to his audience to rediscover the joy of doing, of creating something of no value that was still beautiful.

Works by This Artist

1990
ash, bark, cotton, paint, string, and rice paper
ca. 1987
cartons, block print, and staples
1970
polyethylene
1970
polyethylene
1970
polyethylene
1970
polyethylene
1970
polyethylene
1967
cotton and linen
1968
synthetic ribbon, plastic found objects, macrame
1983
painted wood, fiber, and plastic