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Tealia Ellis Ritter
The Live Creature and Ethereal Things

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Tealia Ellis Ritter, My dream is to be famous, Archival Piezo Print, 2007.

Artist Statement
My interests lie in exploring the ways in which people choose to present themselves, and their environment, when they know they are going to be on display. As a culture in the age of Facebook, we are aware of our projected selves in a new way and the methods by which photographs can be used to shape perceptions. Stylistically, the images are inspired by European society portraits, which, like a Facebook page, present idealized versions of the individual and convey a sense of the sitter as part of a tableau created to be examined. There exists the person we are and the person we want to be, self-presentation often dealing more with aspirations than reality. I give each subject the opportunity to write down a dream, although they are not required to do so. These statements allow for a parallel declaration to be made solely by the subjects.

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Artist Bio
Tealia Ellis Ritter was born in Illinois in 1978. She was given her first camera at the age of six by her father. After attending Columbia College Chicago, where she completed her BA in Fine Art Photography, she earned her MFA at the University of Iowa with a major in fine art photography and a minor in printmaking. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 100 Portraits: 100 Photographers; Catherine Edelman Gallery, The Chicago Project; Taschen, NYC; Flash Forward 2009 with the Magenta Foundation; Humble Arts, 31 Under 31; the Griffin Museum; The Photographic Center Northwest; and in the multimedia project Pause to Begin. She now lives and works in the Chicago area with her husband Dave and their son, Finn.







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