Smithsonian Rosterino’s work covers a variety of disciplines including mixed media collage, painting, assemblage, digital media and music.
He has always been a collector and had a magpie attitude to the things that inspire him. Ultimately, at its most basic, the materials he accumulates shape and inform the pieces and working process. These ‘ingredients’ can vary from magazine and newspaper cuttings to sound recordings and objects from charity shops and flea markets.
When compiled and collaged together all these components create intricate layered compositions and objects that deal with comparably complex subjects like war or politics. The essence of his work is about bringing together all these elements to tell a story. The narrative is created in the body of work as much as it is the individual pieces.
Rost says "It is important not to just re-present the 'stuff' around me, I have to instil some meaningful discourse from my life experiences and the world I see. My visual sampling process is informed by music and vice-versa; sampling from the past, re-appropriating and creating something new."
Smithsonian Rosterino is a climate activist and has been arrested multiple times for fighting for a liveable future.