This week Artebella investigate the altered familiar in the concept of purpose. Curated by Collin Lloyd.
The human obsession with categorization has in turn allowed us to quantify our world into neat boxes for easy consumption and artists have always sought to use the consumables to create the enigmatic. Familiarity isn’t bound by design or concept; it can be as solid as an object and as fluid as an identity. Through a re- envisioning of purpose a form can be altered into a body of exploration meant to challenge the preconceived or blur the line between origin and concept.
Amy Ritter’s work is an exploration between her physical self vis-à-vis mobile homes and their interior landscapes. She stages memories of her experiences growing up in a mobile home community – one that she has left but still feels deeply rooted to. The materials harken back to the makeshift homes with cinderblocks, plywood, and large Xeroxed images, creating monolithic yet quiet, dreamy landscapes.
The photographic cutouts are sculptural canvases onto which Ritter’s memories of mobile home life are projected. The three-dimensional memories become two- dimensional images, rendering what was soft rigid, changing the function of reality for these objects. The figure becomes a new entity for exploration of the female body in a visual culture as wells a scrutiny towards the phrase “white trash” and it’s preconceptions.
Ritter is based in Philadelphia, PA. She has exhibited in numerous venues around the East Coast and Midwest regions. She most recently received a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, PA for 2015 – 2016, and will be attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 2016. Ritter has upcoming solo exhibitions at Fleischer Art Memorial as a Wind Challenge recipient in Philadelphia, PA, and the Sculpture Center Cleveland, OH.
xerox print OSB plywood cinderblocks, installation, 2016
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At a Glance:
Name: Amy Ritter
Hometown: Orefield, Pennsylvania
BFA, Tyler School of Art; MFA, Ohio State University