On the one hand, Roske produces careful and precise photorealistic drawings on canvas made from the passage of light and shadow across their surfaces. On the other, she creates equally precise monochrome paintings, sometimes using multiple panels and the adornment of small lines of thread. Both reductivist modes use simple imagery, but contain complicated and interwoven ideas.
A preoccupation for all of Roske’s work is the interaction of light in space. For her drawings on canvas, the artist reproduces the patterns of light cast across the surface, using a kind of cucoloris—a shadow-making scrim—or various materials. In some paintings, the object casting the shadow is clear: a chair or a fan. In other works, the invention of the forms is more opaque and mysterious. In Celica (2014), a dense gray field is interrupted at the top and bottom by semi-parallel bands of bouncing light. The parabolas of non-pigmented material bounce to the right in an almost conical arc. Only Just (2013) shows dappling semi-circles of illumination, the edges unfocused and overlapping in subtly varied tones of off-white.