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Rita Leduc
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: As modern society continues to place people above all else, humankind sinks deeper into empathetic drought. Our culture is separated into “this/that” hierarchies and “me/them” boundaries, but this was not always the case. It still isn’t for the non-human, animate world, for which the environment is porous and boundary-free. Organisms view their world as an extension of themselves; they are interconnected, the parts are the whole. Empathy is employed and reciprocity results. Inspired by these creatures, my search is for a boundaryless presence where the participants – be they gestures on paper or objects in a space – engage and understand rather than simply coincide. By highlighting a site’s particular sensorial affects, defined boundaries disintegrate into a unified present, revealing a location’s comprehensive character. This holistic understanding of place is the first step to recognizing our interdependence. My integrated photographs investigate this two-dimensionally. To begin, I secure a frame stretched with clear acetate in a chosen site. I then improvise a composition on and around the acetate by responding instinctively to the site through painting, drawing, and material. Once complete, I take a photograph, aligning the marks on the film with the fore- and background. The resulting hybrid photographs conflate the space, visualizing an equalized moment between added marks, environment, and vantage point. As multiples of this work are compiled at one location, my in-studio work delves deeper into the site’s formal trademarks with drawings that mask everything from the photograph except the original natural environment, collages made only from materials previously used for the integrated photographs, and mixed media explorations that combine the former three mediums. Through these two-dimensional searches, idiosyncratic shapes, lines, textures, colors, and essences are revealed. With site-contingent installation, I synthesize these quintessential qualities into an abstracted vantage point. Lighting, video, sound, and architectural gestures shift viewers’ sense of place, redirecting attention to targeted areas manipulated to emphasize how their presence affects – and is affected by – the space. This yields a specific yet relatable empathetic experience where physical, perceptual, and psychological barriers dissolve, making way for fluidity, reciprocity, and primal understanding.
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  • 09.07.16 Tofte Lake Center (Birch)
    2016
    digital photograph
    variable

  • 09.07.16 Tofte Lake Center (Birch Reveal)
    2016
    digital photograph
    variable

  • 09.08.16 Tofte Lake (Grass)
    2016
    digital photograph (of on-site installation)
    variable

  • Drawing: 09.08.16 Tofte Lake (Grass)
    2018
    graphite
    24.5"x37.5"
    Drawing made from Integrated Photograph depicting only the original environment that was visible through sections of untreated acetate.

  • Drawing: 09.06.16 Tofte Lake (Birch Forest)
    2017
    graphite
    18"x24"
    Drawing made from Integrated Photograph depicting only the original environment that was visible through sections of untreated acetate.

  • Tofte Lake Collage V
    2016
    mixed media (detritus)
    8"x8" framed

  • Tofte Lake Collage IX
    2016
    mixed (detritus from on-site installations)
    12"x12" framed

  • Tofte Lake Pod
    2018
    mixed media installation
    variable
    Porosity and interconnection. Four identical, suspended walls form a wavering cube. Each contains five acetate layers with gestural brushstrokes and vinyl that abstract clouds, horizon, lake, trees, a

  • Tofte Lake Pod
    2018
    mixed media installation
    variable
    Porosity and interconnection. Four identical, suspended walls form a wavering cube. Each contains five acetate layers with gestural brushstrokes and vinyl that abstract clouds, horizon, lake, trees, a

  • Deconstructed Site: Tofte Lake (box with card)
    2017
    mixed
    2”x6.5”x8” box, 4”x6” card

  • 11.04.15 52nd St. Brooklyn Waterfront (Buttresses)
    2015
    archival print
    variable

  • 11.18.15 52nd St. Brooklyn Waterfront (Salt)
    2015
    archival print
    variable

  • Reveal: 11.04.15 52nd St Brooklyn (Fence)
    2015
    mixed
    variable

  • 11.11.15 52nd Street Brooklyn Waterfront: Concrete (Drawing)
    2017
    graphite on paper
    16"x20"
    Drawing made from 11.11.15 52nd Street Brooklyn Waterfront (Concrete) depicting only the original environment that was visible through sections of untreated acetate.

  • 11.20.15 52nd St Waterfront: Wind (Drawing)
    2016
    graphite
    42" x 50"

  • 52nd St. Waterfront Collage VII
    2015
    mixed media (detritus)
    approx. 5"x4"
    Collage made from integrated photo detritus.

  • Deconstructed Site: 52nd St. Brooklyn (box with card)
    2017
    mixed
    2”x6.5”x8” box, 4”x6” card
    Contains: 1 broken roof tile, 1 can of cat food, chain link, 1 chunk of asphalt, 1 chunk of concrete, graffiti, litter, a periwinkle midtone, salt, smog, sunlight, 1 weed, 1 yellow triangle.

  • Composite documentation of WHO GOES THERE
    2016
    mixed media installation
    16’x12’x10’ approx.

  • 52nd St Brooklyn Pod
    2017
    mixed media installation
    Approx. 8’wide x 5’deep x 8’tall

  • 52nd St Brooklyn Pod (post-participation documentation)
    2017
    graphite powder, participant
    variable
 








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