Jessica Ritchie

Jessica Ritchie

Jessica Ritchie
Dunedin
I am a Dunedin based artist, currently working from a studio space in Dowling Street. I am a qualified Art and Music secondary school teacher, currently working in a Dunedin Early Childcare Centre. Last year I completed an MFA (Distinction) at the Dunedin School of Art.
My paintings are a reflection upon the art of painting itself: abstract, drawing from colour, light, and music. My work is concerned with process, with the exploration of the formal qualities of painting, and of the infinite possibilities of touch with paint. Located within the context of the field of abstract painting, the term ‘abstraction’ is used in a questioning and provisional sense rather than as a categorising or labelling term; considering complexity rather than reduction. The paintings show the potential of abstract painting to communicate light and space.
Drawn to anything reflective, lustrous, iridescent, and saturated, my recent paintings have focussed on intensity and exuberance. On closer inspection many reveal themselves as ‘accumulations of debris’ from building up of surfaces from scraped and gathered paint and other materials. The expressive force resides in the materiality of colour, texture, and excess.

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