Josie Love Roebuck is an interdisciplinary artist from Chattanooga. She received her B.F.A from the University of Georgia and her M.F.A at the University of Cincinnati. Roebuck combines embroidery and painting to create intimate portraits of survivors of trauma. Her paintings recreate the emotional narratives of victims she depicts and asks the viewer to consider the difficult reality of healing. Roebuckʼs process is symbolic to the reawakening of traumatic memory. Through the repetition of sewing – pushing and pulling needles, nail or awls through material – she considers the painful process a victim faces. Symbolising the stages of healing, Roebeck uses layers and shapes that fade the figure into camouflage acting as patterns of protection. The resulting portraits show the duality of pain and triumph, exclusion and acceptance. By shifting the lens to the that of the female survivor, Roebuck creates a voice for the victims that is empowered.
Her work has been shown at the Yeiser Art Center Gallery, Paducah; Site: Brooklyn Gallery, New York; Lupin Foundation Gallery, Athens (GA) and Fowler-Kellogg Gallery, New York.