"Dunes, Waves," 24" x 24," acrylic on canvas
A visual artist and writer, Rhoma Mostel has worked in a variety of media over the years -- drawing, painting, collage, works on paper, and artist's books. In painting, she generally works in a square format, and the sizes vary from 30" x 30" to the more recent series of 6" x 6" paintings. Whether the format is small or large, she is concerned primarily with the emotional content of a subject -- perhaps a landscape seen up close or at a distance, liminal places where land meets the sea, such as shorelines, estuaries, riverbanks, islands, or particular times of day such as dawn and twilight.
In painting, she works for the most part in acrylic on canvas, generally in a series.
In the past few years she has concentrated on artist's books, art monographs, poetry chapbooks, and fiction.
Rhoma Mostel is the author of several artist's books on diverse subjects such as the artistic legacy of Coney Island ("Sand in My Shoes -- A Coney Island Journal"); the water, wind, prehistoric and archaic life along the Gaspé region of Québec ("Travels in Gaspésie"); "Harvest" (a partial photographic compendium of farm produce available in New York City greenmarkets during the fall season); and, most recently, "Red Umbrellas."
Art monographs of small paintings include Small Fields and Monolithos (2014) and Safe Harbors (2017).
Chapbooks of poems, occasionally combining poetry with graphics or photographs include "Early Light," 'Flotilla," "Imaginary Postcards," "Quesadilla Days," "Rice and Rain," "Starfish," "Strict Instructions," "Sunflowers," "The Cassandra Letters," "The Small Boats of the Marina," "Winter Hours," "Woman at the Aquarium," and "Young Woman Peeling Apples (and Other Poems on Art)." A longer book of poems, "Conversations With the Body," was issued in 2019.
Recent fiction in the process of completion includes "The Life of Tartine" (text with drawings), "Museum Hours," "Brioche the Sparrow and Other Stories," and "Three Letters."