Kim Ritter

"Dedicated to keeping you in stitches, I believe that a sharp wit, a sharp tongue, a Sharpie, and a sharp needle are my best tools."

Stylized women with a cheeky look inspired by comic books, anime, and political cartoons reflect Ritter's wicked sense of humor. Using innuendo to explore human emotions and social issues, the allegorical imagery is both narrative and conceptual, inviting multiple levels of interpretation.

Often repeated in a traditional quilt block format, the use of serial imagery creates interesting secondary patterns and added subtext, fusing the abstract with the figurative. The tongue-in-cheek title is often a cliche, pun, joke, double entendre, or irreverent observation on the human condition. The title and the wry imagery are enough to spark the inner dialogue between the work and viewer, evoking open-ended responses that are associative rather than literal.

Ritter uses a wide-format Epson printer and K3 Ultrachrome inks to create archival giclee prints on cotton fabric. The hand-dyed cotton backings are often silkscreened with related imagery and always layered with cotton batting. These one-of-a-kind pieces of art are finished with machine quilting by the artist using polyester and metallic threads.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Abundance:A Retrospective of Art Quilts by Kim Ritter, Capitol St. Gallery, Houston, TX, 2014
Kindred Spirit, The Art Car Museum , Houston, TX, 2014