Competition: US & Canada
Aaron Rothman (b. 1974) is an Arizona based artist who has spent the past two decades focused on the landscape of the American West. His photographs and photo-based works use various strategies of digital alteration to reflect the transformative complexities that cognition, memory, and the awareness of human impact on the natural world have on the experience of place.
With images rooted in his emotional and perceptual response to specific places, he examines an individual perceptual experience of landscape, as well as how we collectively understand ourselves as a part of the natural world. A monograph of his work, Signal Noise, was published by Radius Books in 2018.
Exhibitions include shows at the Cleveland Museum of Art at Transformer Station, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the University of Virginia, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cheekwood Museum of Art, and the Phoenix Art Museum. He has received grants and awards from the Speranza Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, and The Print Center in Philadelphia. He has an MFA from Arizona State University and a BA from Grinnell College.