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Rhonda Ratray’s “Reinhabit” Exhibit Opens at The Gallery at The MCL
September 24 @ 6:00pm-8:00pmFree
EO Wilson uses the term “Biophilia” when he describes “The connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” He proposed the idea that the deep affections humans have with nature are rooted in human biology.
I feel this 100%, but my biophilia is more conscious and compulsive. My work is connected to the land – through observation, appreciation, and harvest. The way I respond to my environment is a collaboration. As part of this place, my wanderings and imaginings compel me to create my synthesized visions.
Many of the works included in this show utilize found objects or found imagery that I repossess for my own place making. The appropriated structures find a new narrative when I reinhabit them.
I tend to make work in series. It gives me the opportunity to explore variations and multi- faceted aspects that one piece alone would not cover. Phrases, memes, folk tales, and history weave through my pieces.
About the Artist:
Rhonda Ratray received her BFA from Alfred University School of Art and Design, and her MFA from The School Of The Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.
Finding inspiration in printmaking, painting, sculpture, and design, Rhonda has taught at SMFA, Boston; The MFA, Bosto;, The Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; The Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA; and The Brookline Art Center. She currently teaches at the Vermont Art Exchange, North Bennington, VT. Rhonda has exhibited her work in many universities and galleries including Montserrat College of Art; Emmanuel College; The Adikman Gallery at Tufts University, Medford, MA; The Bennington Museum; and The Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA. She has been the Artist in Residence/Community Engagement Organizer at the Left Bank in North Bennington since 2017 and curates The Left Bank Gallery. Rhonda grew up in the Bennington area, and also paints under the name Aimee LaPorte.
You can find more information about all of her endeavors at www.ratray.com.