About the Artist
Rita grew up in Sandusky, Ohio, a small industrial town on the shores of Lake Erie. The high school she attended valued the arts and prized itself on a passionate faculty and a state of the art facility. It was here that Rita first fell in love with being a maker and working with hands. She continued her education under the guidance of a local silversmith. While living in Athens Ohio, Rita became acquainted with an art of basket weaving, a technique that has played a role in her metal work.Retreating from the bitter cold of the north, she moved to Austin, Texas and quickly settled among the arts community. She became the understudy of Daryl G. Colburn, a renowned non-ferrous metal sculptor, from 1990 until 2011. Together they opened and managed galleries which promoted their works, as well as local artists.Today, Rita continues creating woven copper sculpture and high end art jewelry for private and corporation collections.
I am a direct metal sculptor, working primarily in copper. It is fascinating to me how repurposing a simple and reusable material like scrap copper wire can be used to generate an idea, elicit an emotion and evoke beauty. When working with the raw materials, I began envisioning them as natural living things. Patterns and textures begin to surface and the materials start to speak for themselves. Themes emerge, communing with nature itself, of vines, of roots, even of the human figure. These woven beings speak to me, about our connections to ourselves and to the world in which we are all united.Years of stillness, living in a quiet and nurturing space has allowed the voice of the muse to amplify its true nature through this work. Welcome to my world!