Roleke is committed to gun control and donates a percentage of all sold work to this cause.She is mainly a sculptor and recent pieces have been created out of spent shotgun shells which help to start a dialogue on this subject. The current political situation has further pushed her into being an activist artist and this has led to greater
involvement with creating work that speaks to the injustice in society. In Roleke’s studio practice she has been exploring creating fences and cages which reference the current situation at the border. Besides sculpture and installation she also creates prints.
Roleke rarely creates an edition and usually makes one of a kind pieces combining collage, painting, silkscreen, monoprinting and relief print. Roleke has just begun to create cyanotypes and uses the same images and vocabulary that are referenced in the silkscreens and her sculptural practice.
Margaret Roleke is a sculptor who also creates prints and “mail art”. She has lived and worked in New York and Connecticut for most of her life. Her work has been exhibited often in a variety of venues including Art Space New Haven, ODETTA Gallery, NYC, Pulse Art Fair, NYC and
Spring Break Art Fair, NYC.
Roleke has been reviewed in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artnet News , The Guardian, and additional publications.