I am a multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture including weave and mixed media, photography and video. I reveal structural details of objects and materials through my making and installation processes while shaping the viewer’s perception of the familiarity of these objects.
I use loom weaving to capture and expose the physical properties of materials. Through the application of my unique innovative weave technique I have developed, and translucent threads such as nylon monofilament and iridescent film, I reveal the bone structure of my weavings. In doing so I make the original elements visible in their transparency, flexibility, and function. To emphasise the skeletal structure I install the sculptures with light. Light passing through the material prompts a visual transformation that momentarily creates an illusion of woven glass or ice.
In photography, I explore the way sunlight transforms an object in a visual way. Exposing the structure of single-use objects and materials I manipulate the expected appearance of an object: through defamiliarization I give alternative qualities altering the object's original role in life.
Juxtaposing my weaves with plaster in the current mixed media work Broken Bones, I defamiliarise and remove preconceived ideas from the medium. The project investigates expectations and limitations, how they are formed and the way they shape us, our behaviour or the value of objects. Plaster represents my memory of having broken bones as a very small child, and the limitations experienced through protection from my family.
I mentor artists and designers, and those from creative industries. I have worked as a visiting lecturer for universities such as Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art and The Glasgow School of Art in the UK, and will be teaching a weave masterclass in Sweden this July. My woven sculptural work ‘X-Ray’ series has received awards including the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2016, Theo Moorman Trust Award 2018 and is part of the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
“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".
Professor Simon Olding MA PhD FMA FRSA FTS Director Crafts Study Centre Farnham - Review on solo exhibition 'Beyond the Surface, Observing the Inner Structure'
“... The beauty of the artworks took my breath away ... Light captured in millions of translucent fibres...”
Visitor's comment on solo exhibition 'Weaving with Light' presented by Perrier-Jouët
“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 The Arts Society NADFA