In this exhibit, Ritz Marie declares her state of personal vulnerability. Each photograph serves as a personal letter to the viewer. A show that was more than ten years in the making reveals growth in many aspects of her individuality and her artistry. It was during her conscious state of imaginative contemplations that all her work was transformed into reality. The photographs are intertwined with paintings from various artists whose work was drawn to her soul. The photos represent her reality while the paintings represent the interconnectedness of her imagination and inner world to others.
Taken as a whole, the show is a story about self-discovery, with a study in beauty, melancholy, nostalgia, growing pains and subtle joy from within – the kind of joy that illuminates the soul, but is not necessarily reflected through a smile. Additionally, the current showcase of moments, reflect the being of her soul, injected with a sense of connectedness and wonder with others where personal relationships lay.
Image Title: “Dear You,
Would you still love me with the same exuberance if I revealed all my broken pieces?”
Sharing with you some beauty, from pain.
Left Image Title: “Dearest True Self,
I dare you to have vision.”
Right Image Title: “Dearest True Self,
I dare you to speak only of truth that inspires.”
Left Image Title: “Dearest Sound Guide,
Your melody keeps me sane during the darkest mornings.“
Right Image Title: “Dearest Sound Guide,
Your music keeps me company during frightful circumstances.“
Excerpt from an interview with Julia Arenas for ABS-CBN:
Julia: “What spurred your work for your exhibit “Lucid Dreaming” and what was your approach or concept behind the process of graphically treating photos you took?”
Ritz: “It was spurred by the need to communicate my inner world and was actually quite a therapeutic process. I wanted to tell a tale of a person going through phases in life. When you view the exhibit as a whole, you might be able to tell that there are phases of trials, madness, solitude, healing, acceptance, and more. I wanted to create a relatable show wherein the viewer sees fragments of themselves when they see the art and read the titles.”
Image Title: “Dear Unlocked Skies,
Continue revealing unimaginable treasures.”
To-date, the “Lucid Dreaming” collection has been invited to exhibit four times:
- ASPACE Greenbelt, Makati City, Philippines – April 2017
- XX:XX, Makati City, Philippines – March 2018
- Pineapple Lab, Makati City, Philippines – May 2018
- Magatama Gallery, Osaka, Japan – December 2018
Left Image Title: “Dear Unseen Wonders,
Awaken in me the realization of your beauty.”
Right Image Title: “To the Heart on my Sleeve,
Fret not, for you are loved in marvelously unimaginable ways.”
Note: Contact the studio if you are interested in commissioning the artist for a “Lucid Dreaming” piece of your own.