December 7, 2019 — January 4, 2020
Hopelessly Devoted to You
Conduit Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of sculptures by Philadelphia based artist, Lydia Ricci. Ricci’s small scale sculptures present familiar objects at unfamiliar scales that depict the recent past with hazy familiarity.
Somewhere between her time as a graphic designer in San Francisco, her travels to Italy to study printmaking, and starting a family outside Philadelphia, Lydia Ricci learned to deal with some of the more stressful aspects of life by looking to the past. Her tiny mementos (don’t call them miniatures), are objects that relate to a visceral memory – an intense phobia, or maybe an experience that changed her life. Their resemblance to the original is uncanny, while veering far away from the meticulous technique of model replicas, built to some fraction of scale. These works aren’t as much scientific as they are tiny tributes. Each piece is sized to exactly how big the object, and the memory needs to be; and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Made from paper, glue, broken staples, and the back-side of almost anything, her collage-like sculptures of everyday objects aren’t precious or precise, but rather rough-and-ready approximations that somehow feel more true than exact recreations. They’re messy and imperfect —just like our memories.
Lydia Ricci is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Ricci studied design in St Gallen, Switzerland and printmaking in Cortona, Italy. She works as an artist and graphic designer outside of Philadelphia, PA and teaches courses in branding, design, and storytelling at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her design work for clients like Chronicle Books and Random House has been awarded by Print and Communication Arts magazines. Her sculpture has been exhibited in galleries in New York, San Francisco, Marfa, TX, Boston and Philadelphia, and featured in publications including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Vice.