A Spring 2005 MFA graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, Ri Anderson has shown at a variety of venues, including the Essex Art Center, Studio Soto, the Copley Society of Art, and the DeCordova Annual (2000). Also showing actively also at the Fort Point Art Community gallery and open studios, Anderson is a long-time studio resident and member of this artistic area of Boston.

Featured online are selections from her MFA thesis show, a project that involves Anderson, her daughter Lola, and her mother. In this honest series, motherhood and childhood mesh and clash simultaneously. In her choice of arrangements and poses, Anderson underscores the fact that such a familial line is often complicated, and she who holds the power and control sometimes reverses. Taken mostly outside, Anderson’s suggestive, almost edenic, narratives and compositions are full of lush colors, dappled light, and dense flora—all elements that serve to reveal as well as conceal.

- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

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Jonathon Wells
July 2005

Lior Neiger
May 2005

Rania Matar
April 2005

Liz Daly
March 2005

Steve Deane
February 2005

Andrew Warren
January 2005

Jane Hesser

December 2004

Jessica Burko
November 2004

Amy Montali

October 2004

Luke Snyder

September 2004

Matthew Gamber
August 2004

Mariliana Arvelo
July 2004

Ken Richardson

June 2004

Julie Melton
May 2004

Marlo Marrero
April 2004

Erik Gould
March 2004

Mori Insinger
February 2004

Jen Kodis

January 2004

Amber Davis
December 2003

Paul Taggart

November 2003

Marla Sweeney
October 2003

Dylan Vitone
September 2003

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This body of work explores the archetype of the mother/child relationship.

Over the last two years I have been photographing myself, my now 2 1/2 year old daughter, and my mother. I am interested in the complex and conflicting physical, psychological, and emotional dynamics that reside in the mother/daughter bond: a world replete with joy, but also hidden dangers, fears, and inconsistencies. It is a world in which, like children’s fairy tales, nothing is as it appears and reality is in a constant state of flux.

My interest in early northern Renaissance painting has influenced this body of work. Intrigued by representations of the Garden of Eden and the Madonna and Child in 15th century religious painting, I reinvestigate the contradictory attributes of the mother/child bond in a secular, and autobiographical, setting. I use bodily gestures, garden-like settings, and starkly lit interiors as allegorical elements of my pictures, loosely reinterpreting religious themes of Renaissance painting through the lives of this present day three-generation matriarchy.

I am interested in using photography, not to document the daily lives of my daughter, my mother and myself – but to investigate the emotional, physical, and psychological slippages and reversals between our roles. While I probe my own raw fears and anxieties of motherhood through this work, I hope to reveal the vulnerability and weightlessness of the mother/child kinship, a sense of being both separate and together.

- Ri Anderson

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