TAG/The Artists Gallery | Marie Riccio Obscured & Found

By Editorial Team on March 28, 2022

Fri, 01 April 2022 - Sun, 01 May 2022

Marie Riccio, Amongst the Turmoil, oil on board, 12” x 12”.
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2 from 5pm to 8pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, April 23 at 3pm

During April 2022, TAG/The Artists Gallery presents, Obscured & Found, a solo exhibit of contemporary still life oil paintings by Marie Riccio.

Riccio’s paintings invite you into a quiet space of subtle color adjacent to bold color choices. Composition plays an important role in her work, drawing the eye into and around the paintings’ color spaces. In this series, she became intrigued by the properties of tissue paper. Despite its translucent nature, these papers obscure other elements, often with an unexpected visual weight. Riccio works from observation and while elements in the work are often obscured, others are found through the process of seeing. The tissue paper conceals elements hidden and inaccessible. The foreground objects often dominate the composition and keep the tissue paper at bay as it loomed over and into the spaces.

These paintings were primarily painted during COVID lockdowns. Throughout the series, tissue papers remained a common thread, guiding the work as they obscured and revealed.

Riccio described the exhibit, saying, “It was not my intent, but as I found my way through painting the work for this exhibit, a set of still life paintings evolved into a series mostly connected by the subject matter of tissue paper. I became intrigued by the lightness of this paper that could float easily up into the air, its soft opaqueness drawing my attention. As I painted, these papers took many forms: appearing as solid barriers of concrete, walls, fences, even glaciers, or suggesting the facets of hard diamond. The forms obscured elements of the composition as they enabled me to reveal paintings I unknowingly intended.”

She added, “I worked to see what secrets hid behind this thin veil, but it resisted letting me in. The paintings’ secrets stayed buried. Only the objects that stood out in the foreground could be seen and experienced. They fought for attention amongst themselves or found protection with each other. They were open to the elements, finding their places as the painting evolved. The hidden world stayed hidden, but I found a whole world that stood out in front of the obscured.”

“Sometimes these tissue papers dominated their surroundings with their colors, pushing their influence onto more prominent subjects in the painting. Often, they fooled my expectations with both their ability to obscure and their appearance of monumental weight.” Riccio concluded.

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. She has exhibited her work in New York, Philadelphia, Colorado, and throughout the Washington, DC area. For a complete list of exhibits and additional information, or to view more of Marie Riccio’s work, visit www.mariericcio.com, email mariericcio42@gmail.com, or call (240) 688-7701.

Gallery hours:

  • Fridays and Saturdays 12pm to 8pm
  • Sundays 12pm to 4pm
  • or by appointment.

For more information, visit www.theartistsgalleryfrederick.com or call (301) 228-9860 during gallery hours or Riccio at (240) 688-7701.

TAG/The Artists Gallery Is located at 501 N. Market St., Frederick, MD.