Born in New York with Cuban heritage, Westerlund Roosen considered two careers, one as a dancer the other as an artist. She cites her interest in dance as the reason her sculpture often refers to the body, its sexuality, its flow and its movement.
Emerging as a sculptor in the late 1960’s when Minimalism was the dominate, artistic movement, Westerlund Roosen chose the organic over the industrial, geometric aesthetic and held on tightly to her commitment to the hand made object.
Mia Westerlund Roosen has received several prestigious awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship. Her work can be seen in numerous public collections, most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; and the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY. She divides her time between New York City and Buskirk, NY.
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