48” x 48”
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
If you live within a certain distance from Hudson, NY Emily will deliver the painting herself. Otherwise shipping costs will be assessed and payed separately from the purchase here. Each painting from this series is sold separately.
This painting is the first of three from Emily Ritz’s series Solipsist. The paintings show how her previous body of work connects to her actual body. Using oil and acrylic paint as well as ceramics, the large-scale self portrait series depicts Emily letting her visions of beauty out of her body and shoving them back in. It is an exploration of the line between egotistic self-absorption and healing self indulgence.
For the past nine years, Ritz has been developing her visual language in various mediums depicting otherworldly landscapes called Lumplands, a playful term she uses to describe her creations. The hyper detailed patterns of Lumpland are abandoned for Solipsist as it is less about a meditative process creating beauty and more of a reflection on the cycle of creation itself. Lumpland is Emily’s way of self medicating. Her techniques have been developed in order to think as little as possible to let the images flow through in a blissful, natural way. This new serious however is a direct and vulnerable expression of the mind. When Ritz began Lumpland she was on the brink of being overtaken by Lyme related arthritis that would leave her in extreme pain and disabled at times. Her continued journey through the tangle of learning to care and love her body while feeling hurt by it has resulted in a prolonged preoccupation with the self in order to heal. Solipsist is Emily’s way of consciously connecting her emotional body to her physical one by visualizing how her art comes out and back in. How her emotions do the same and how obsessive patterns in her work and her life affect her physical body. An ouroboros creating a whole that can feel satisfying yet lonely.
noun. Philosophy . the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.