Schlow Centre Region Library -- Gallery Presentation for Junel 2013 -- Alyce Ritti
"Collage Comment" by Alyce Ritti
Schlow Centre Region Library's Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery
Inventive and intriguing, Alyce Ritti's mixed-media collages are full of surprises. As she cuts, pastes and layers with diverse materials, she creates theatrical images that are sometimes satirical, sometimes sympathetic. Each is a single act, meant to start a conversation with the viewer.
A lifelong artist, her girlhood joy in making art was interrupted by a variety of things, including earning a PhD from Columbia University and a marriage of 56 years (so far) and
a family of four now-grown children.
Upon moving to the ridge-side of Half-Moon Township in 1981, the beautiful landscape inspired her to begin to paint once again. This led her to studies at Penn State's School of Visual Arts. Over time, she writes, "the landscapes moved inside me to become mindscapes and then my theatrical collages."
Ritti's first collage exhibits were with The International Pig Mail Art group centered in Belgium and Central Europe, and then elsewhere in Europe and the USA with the International Alliance of Women's Artists. The winner of multiple awards, her work has been featured in numerous juried and solo shows, including in Central Pennsylvania.
As Ritti says, "Right now the characters in my images tell me that they still have a lot to say and want to say it with paper cut-outs, feathers, netting, glitter, old tickets, jewelry, beads, yarn, ribbon and so on. The list is endless. So is the challenge."