I primarily work with weave, sculpture, photography and installation exploring the interaction between structure and light. Fascinated by the invisible structures of objects and materials I investigate ideas based on materiality, change, time and human experience.
Exploring the idea of visible versus invisible, I challenge the darkroom technique photogram in my 'X-Ray Film Series' to reveal the inner structures of ordinary objects transforming them into something compelling. These often translate into my translucent woven material ‘X-Ray Series’ in which I unveil and manipulate the otherwise invisible vertical structure with a specialist weave technique I have developed. I then venture to compare the physical versus visual change by bringing the material to life through a performance with sunlight; a spectacle which may only exist in a particular location and time, marking time in space whilst evoking a sense of chance.
Current works, ‘The Mundane’ re-examines objects that are made to be of use only once. Through photography I question the through-away culture and repurpose each object as a vessel for performance, manipulating the inner structure with sunlight and distorting our perceptions of the familiar object. This however, is a fragile existence lasting while light does. Another body of photographic work, here of the night sky, entitled ’Disappearance of Dark’, investigates the issues of light pollution: the shifting definitions of light and darkness and ultimately the loss of night sky and part-exclusion from nature.
X-Ray Series was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum for its permanent collection in 2017.
“Rita was a clear winner for the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon - a great example of how wonderfully crafted, and thoughtful use of a fresh medium can encapsulate a modern expression of Art Nouveau”
Jo Hooper Chair of the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon for 2016
“This award [Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize] is about the beauty in everyday life. Rita does it in an amazing way. It’s also about awarding the beauty of making, and the beauty of making in a very contemporary way – we are not nostalgic, not looking back, we have a very strong heritage we want to keep alive in a contemporary way.”
Axelle de Buffévent Style Director Perrier-Jouët
“In woven textiles most of what is seen has already been made before. But just once or twice in a generation there is a designer who immediately you can recognise as a person who has the loom craft, the inspiration, and the courage to push the boundaries of weave to a new and innovative level. Rita Parniczky is that talented exceptional designer who combines the meticulous attention to the detail and originality, which is revealed in her perfection on the loom.”
Richard J. Humphries MBE FRSA Upper Bailiff of The Worshipful Company of Weavers in 2016
"The show has a deeply meditative quality: strong but hypnotically peaceful".
Review on solo exhibition 'Beyond the Surface, Observing the Inner Structure' by Professor Simon Olding MA PhD FMA FRSA FTS Director Crafts Study Centre
“... The beauty of the artworks took my breath away ... Light captured in millions of translucent fibres...”
Visitor's comment at Perrier-Jouët solo exhibition 'Weaving with Light'
“I came across artist Rita Parniczky during a photoshoot for our arts education charity NADFAS. We wanted to feature some innovative, high-quality and contemporary work in one of our publications. Rita was recommended to us and we thoroughly enjoyed working with her: her woven work and studio space looked so striking in the photographs that we chose one image for the front cover of our publication. We have subsequently exhibited her work in our offices – with many people commenting on how beautiful it looks! Working with Rita has been a real pleasure – we look forward to following her artistic career in the future.”
Florian Schweizer Chief Executive NADFAS