Masha Ryskin (Assistant Professor, Experimental and Foundation Studies) currently has a solo exhibition, Reveries With a Line, at Delaware Contemporary (200 South Madison Street, Wilmington) through 11th April 2018.
In the audio clip below the curator, Kathrine Pare, gives her insights into Ryskin’s exhibition.
Ryskin uses unique materials such as tea bags, recycled fabric, or coffee to record fragments of life and experience in her installations, drawings, paintings, and prints. Art critic Arthur Whitman refers to Ryskin’s work as experimental, that which “crosses media and genre with an exploratory but disciplined sensibility.” Her “fragments-made-whole sensibility” combined with her sewn together “scraps” suggest the human attempt to piece together fragments of memories. Loose threads add dimension to her highly textural surfaces implying an unraveling of historical experience. Neutral colors cast the eye on rich texture as the fluidity of movement stems from her brilliant control and quality of line. Vast areas of space intone silence, offering breathing room for the viewer before getting immersed, once again, in the linear integrations elsewhere in the composition.