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Reilly Ribeiro

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September 02, 2019

 

Who are you?

I am from Virginia Beach, Virginia and have grown up heavily influenced by performing and visual arts. Currently, I am going into my final year in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During my time at SAIC, I have taken courses in the photography, sculpture, print media, fibers, and art history departments. My practice revolves around the idea of creating a sense of community by connecting seemingly unrelated people through a common experience. My inflatable sculptural work is mostly interactive as I create the work itself and then allow the audience to choose how it should be perceived. I believe that examining how viewers physically engage with my sculptures is the most beneficial part of the process because their actions give a specific type of unspoken feedback that is most effective to me. The way in which people feed off of the energies of each other and how the actions of one influence how another understands the work is a notion I place great importance on.

 

 

What are you working on at the moment?

In the spring of 2020, I will exhibit my largest interactive inflatable piece for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Spring Exhibition at the Sullivan Gallery in Chicago. It requires a lot of preparation and installation instructions, so I have begun that process almost a year in advance. 

 

Who are your biggest influences in the industry?

My art hero and biggest influence is Claire Ashley, who coincidentally happens to also be one of my teachers and mentors. She creates colorful, bigger than life inflatables that resemble the human body and vessels which sustain life. Claire is amazing!

 

 

What was the last thing that inspired you?

A lot of my sculptural work is strongly connected to installations and the elements of production designs, so the last thing that inspired me was David Korins' set for the new broadway musical "Beetlejuice". Its essence is incredible whimsical and otherworldly, yet so tangible. Some of the pieces, especially one black and white striped chair, even look inflatable-esque and embody a new design I have never seen before on a broadway set.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I love the freedom that Portfoliobox gives to artists or other creators when it comes to show casing their work or products. It is very reliable and every representative I have communicated with over the site has been both friendly and helpful.

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