Denise Rouleau was born and raised in Duluth, MN. Living and traveling in Europe as a young adult have strongly influenced her academic and artists endeavors. She received her BA in International Relations and Italian Literature at the University of Minnesota. During a fifth year of study at the University of Bologna, she attended a Byzantine art course which kindled a growing interest in medieval art and architecture. Denise returned to Italy to study traditional mosaic methods at the Cooperative Mosaica in Ravenna.
Denise enjoys working with materials in unexpected ways. Her multimedia installations tempt viewers to look closer, uncover secrets, and create stories. With her collaborator, Mark Roberts, she populated vintage letterpress cases with clay mummy figures and produced a series of manipulated polaroid imagery at Como Park’s Marjorie McNealy Conservatory. Denise completed an eight month certification with the Minnesota New Institute of Ceramic Education in 2015 to connect with the full spectrum of ceramics. She currently shares a studio in Minneapolis with Dawn Malcolm and is working on a series of archeological vignettes (or Oracles) in paper clay and mixed media that reveal clues about the cycles of life and our complicated relationship with nature in our urban environment.
In her free time, Denise is a researcher and matchmaker for people and opportunities. Her current travels center on cheap camping road trips around the US with her husband, Peter, and Plott Hound, Zoey. She enjoys bringing new life to discarded objects and can be spotted guerrilla gardening in her neighborhood.