Born in Maine, Patricia Rieger has lived and work for extended periods of time in New York, Netherlands, Spain, Vermont and Chicago.
For more than three decades, Patricia has chosen to develop a poetic voice through her sculptural ceramic work. The work attempts a search for meaning and purpose, employing a narrative style with strong attention to the imagination that remains open and inviting, challenging straightforward interpretation. Silence holds the work in frozen moments of waiting for action to begin, while simultaneously giving a sense of strength and vulnerability. The imagery, in appearance often quiet and static, the heroic of the ordinary, is at times based on a variety of art historic sources or it grows intuitively from the artist’s imagination. Patricia’s work has been recognized in ceramic and fine art forums nationally and internationally. It contributes in these contexts with questions that have preoccupied artists throughout history that draw on human experience, ideas of the collective unconscious and mythology with the goal of making it factual, physical: sculptural. Typically the work is executed in a subtle palette or with exuberant colorations. It reinvents and investigates the use of the figure and the abstract in contemporary ceramic art, to induce from the viewer their own meanings and thoughts.
In 1987 Patricia was awarded the Southern Arts Federation Visual Arts Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts.
In 2014-2015 Patricia had a major solo exhibition at The Chicago Cultural Center. She has exhibited her work (selection) at: the Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. And solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery, New York, Artifact Gallery, NY. Galeria Sargadelos, in Madrid, Santiago, Vigo, Lugo, Spain. Casa das Artes, Vigo. Spain. Sky Earth Gallery, Macau, China.
Patricia’s work has been included in books and reviewed in magazines nationally and internationally.