In Charismatic Fauna, Mary Curtis Ratcliff shows us the pattern of her lifelong connection to animals in her work, weaving new works with special selections of earlier work such as her bronze Trout (1983) and the painting drawing and collage piece Totem (2001). Ratcliff has long varied her methods and media and this show reflects that, but the artist says that whether the work is 2-D or 3-D, collage, sculpture or installation and whether it might include bronze, wood, wire, stone, encaustic, etc. the spirits of the animals are present. Creatures of the air, land, and sea may inhabit natural, abstract, or surreal creations.
Mary Curtis Ratcliff studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been featured in over twenty solo exhibitions and close to 100 group shows. It is represented in the collections of the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco and the Oakland Museum of California.
Artist Reception: Saturday, April 27, 4-6pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturda, April 27, 4:30pm
Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: May 3rd, 6-9pm
New! Third Thursday! April 18, 6-8pm