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Richenda Riches

Exhibition

My practice is rooted in drawing and printing, but I explore any medium if it supports what I am trying to make. I value how processes proffer new challenges and insights, which extend the creative conversation happening when I am making work.

A mixture of references triggers my work. These references come from nature, images from art history, and spiritual, political and autobiographical themes. I sense some truth in these references; that they have a language, and they become the ingredients of something that cannot be expressed in words or through the way I live. They are the catalysts for, what the American artist Kiki Smith describes as “Home investigation”.

I gather, document and re-use these references. I layer them, repeat them and attempt to connect them. In this process I revel in their contradictions or apparent out-of context nature and attempt to discover harmony and inter-connectivity. Like fractals in nature, I aim to bring these apparently chaotic references together to make some overall feature or form that is again recognizable. There is no answer or mastery; the work is enough.

“Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon…Live in fragments no longer.”
– E.M.Forster, Howard’s End, 1910

Exhibition

– Richenda Riches, MA Fine Art

Exhibition

– Richenda Riches, MA Fine Art