One of the most arresting visuals for me is an old wall layered with papers, graffiti and text- our modern hieroglyphics. I try to re-create this beauty in my work, the layers of time and decay are what interest me. I hope that the person viewing my work will linger, trying to discover hidden imagery and text and depending on their life experience, find their own meaning or interpretation.
Found images and objects function as signifiers of both individual and collective experience. By incorporating materials that are linked to the realities of daily life, I strive to establish an immediate identification between the viewer and the work of art. I am exploring the place between “high art” and popular culture, text and image, figuration and abstraction, past and present , and two and three-dimensional space.
I begin working without a final vision in mind: I use collected materials and allow pattern, texture, color and structure to emerge organically. In this current body of work, I want the pieces to evoke an old wall in Morocco, a Renaissance Church, a NYC subway wall and Malibu Barbie all simultaneously existing on one canvas.
“There exists an obvious struggle between the natural world and that which we build and construct. Living in the modern world forces us to find a balance. Ricci’s work accomplishes just that: it’s at once elegant and gritty; urban and earthy. And the real treat of Jill’s pieces, is that each time you revist the piece, you will likely find something you had never noticed before.”- Emily Asher Neiman, Director Asher Neiman Gallery
“In our modern and sleek world, we find fascination in old things and places. These are objects with a story, subway walls wallpapered with layer upon layer upon layer of poster ads or the stratum of paints on a bedroom wall, showing us the history of its owners. These are the ideas New Jersey artist Jill Ricci strives to convey in her work, those hidden discoveries.
By combining elements of advertising ephemera, fabric, wallcoverings and abstraction, Ricci’s work manages to feel at once ancient and modern.
With contemporary graphics layered under the patina of paint, these pieces almost feel like we are peeling back the scales from the antiquated to find that what is hidden beneath is not obsolete, but avant-garde.
The artist’s layering collected materials mirrors society’s ever abiding search for the next big thing. We are constantly looking for the latest gadget, fashion or whatchmacallit that will give us joy. But perhaps, joy doesn’t come from the newest thing, but looking back with fondness and learning from what has come before.” ~ Lesley Frenz, Artsy Forager, 2012
Jill Ricci is also the co-director & co-owner of Parlor Gallery located in Asbury Park, NJ (www.parlor-gallery.com)
Gallery Orange, New Orleans
Jules Place, Boston
Blue Gallery, Kansas City
Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park
Asher Neiman Gallery, NY
Exhibition History / Artist Resume
SELECTED Solo / Two person Exhibitions
2013 Pop-Up, Asher Neiman Gallery, Chicago
2012 Gallery Orange, New Orleans
2012 “Salavation”, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park
2012 “Intermix”, Tria Gallery, NY
2011 “Entice”, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park
2011 VERGE Brooklyn , Artist Project Space , DUMBO
2011 Asher Neiman Gallery, Pop-Up, Chicago
2010 Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park
2008 Asher Neiman Gallery, Red Bank
2007 Exhibit A Gallery, Asbury Park
2007 Art Forms Gallery, Red Bank , NJ
2013 May 4 , Gallery Orange, New Orleans
2013 SCOPE NY, Parlor Gallery
2012 Tria Gallery, New York
2012 DEC. Jules Place, Boston
2012 “Local Color”, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
2011 “Elusive”, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
2010 Designer Showcase, Asher Neiman Gallery, NY
2009 Asher Neiman Gallery, Red Bank, NJ
2009 Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
2008 Asher Neiman Gallery, Red Bank, NJ
2006 Art Forms Gallery, Red Bank , NJ
2004 Shore Institute Contemporary Art, NJ
L’Auberge Hotel & Casino, Baton Rouge, LA
Melting Pot, Red Bank , NJ
Jeffrey Marks Interiors, Hoboken, NJ
Kaufman Segal Design, Chicago , IL.
Ron Seymour Photography, Chicago, IL.
D & S Graphics, Chicago, IL.
Bloomer’s, Oak Park , IL.
Smith College, Northhampton, MA, 1989
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 90’/91’