Lisa Ricci
I am interested in the documentary nature of photography as it relates to social narrative and identity. I like to explore the need to create and possess images that reaffirm our cultural identity and how these perceptions are distorted by subjectivity and the passage of time. Although trained in traditional photographic processes, I prefer to execute these ideas in drawing, painting, sculpture and installation so that the complexities and assumptions of photography come into question. Manipulating these images creates a context that questions the inherent truth of the original photographic moment.

I find my photographs at flea markets, yard sales and the internet. By using these photographs in my artwork, I am creating an alternative history and value to their existence. Regardless of our background, we all want the same thing—positive memories and the pursuit of the American Dream. The photograph is proof that the experience was real, that happiness—however fleeting—was achieved.