Encounters with light falling across a room at a specific time of day and relationships between seemingly unrelated objects captivate me. This fascination is manifested as a surreal sense of déjà vu. An object, or the light, creates a connection to the past. I find myself unintentionally using this cue to reconstruct some other place; the picture in my mind is vivid and momentary. These temporal visualizations coincide at the blurred nexus of personal myth; an intersection of autobiography, family history and literature.
The development of my studio work begins with lists that draw from these momentary occurrences. The lists form as a stream of consciousness with common objects – a houseplant, a book, a common chair – and act as a way of drawing with words, creating imagery through text. The objects compiled on the lists are part of a larger collective memory drawn from personal narrative. The objects are signifiers of a time and a place at once familiar but radically different for each person. As the objects are removed from their original contexts and juxtaposed with others, they begin to form sculptural vignettes that suggest new stories.
— Dennis Ritter
Dennis Ritter is a sculptor working primarily in the ceramic medium. He currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA and is an adjunct lecturer at Baton Rouge Community College. Dennis received his MFA from the NYSCC at Alfred University in 2015. Prior to attending graduate school he worked as a teaching artist for The Claymobile Outreach Program in Philadelphia, was the Studio and Facilities Manager for The Clay Studio In Philadelphia He received his BFA in Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art in 2012, where he received the Rudy Staffal Award for Excellence in Ceramics. Dennis has also been a resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and was awarded a Windgate Fellowship in Craft in conjunction with The Vermont Studio Center residency program.