In “Revealed Truths,” Marie Riccio seeks to reveal the world through painting life’s everyday objects.
Painting the still life is a process for Riccio. Through intense observation and trial and error, she begins to understand her subject. Patient and careful adjustments of color, texture and line lead her to a place where a truth begins to be revealed. “The painting breathes as elements connect and form relationships,” she says. “Through that process, the painting begins to come to life.”
Color and composition play key roles in Riccio’s work. The common objects that catch her eye do so through shape and color and the possibilities for their interactions. These elements provide the stability she craves and the underlying structure necessary for the work to branch out and explore the more unsettling, unpredictable side of life.
“I need to find something to hold onto in my work,” Riccio says. “Objects fill that need for me. The core structure of the composition and subject matter keep me grounded as I try to bring to the canvas an understanding of what I’m looking at.”
“I find excitement in understanding edges, subtle value changes and bursts of color. Through this process I try to breathe life into the stillness of the object.”
Riccio grew up in New York and lived in Philadelphia where she earned an MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Rockville, Md. An award winning artist, she has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Colorado, and throughout the Washington, DC area. To see more of her work visit www.mariericcio.com
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In addition to the solo exhibitions, TAG will also have a new show of work by the other members of the gallery. These shows all run from November 4 through 27, with a reception from 5 to 9pm during First Saturday on Nov. 5. An encore reception with an Artists’ Talk will be held on Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at 3pm.
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