Emily Ritz / Lumpland

Artist Statement

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Inspired by coral reefs and lush forests, Emily Ritz uses drawing, painting, sculpture and embroidery to bring her unique vision of beauty to life. Everything she creates is done completely by hand and no two pieces are alike. Her love of repetition is quite apparent in the hyper detailed patterns that grow over each piece. After living in Northern California for nine years, her work is very much infused with the colors and textures of the West Coast. Since her move back home to upstate New York, Emily has begun making ceramics causing her visual language continues to expand. She dives even deeper into her imagined world of natural beauty making murals, figurative work and she even published a coloring book. Emily uses the word Lumpland as a descriptive and playful way to name her creations and the world in which they exist.