Renwick Invitational 2020” Virtual Studio Tour with Rowland Ricketts

  • On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) presented an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating world of textile artist Rowland Ricketts, one of the artists featured in Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020. Ricketts invites us into his studio and guides us through his creative process. Enjoy an exclusive step-by-step tour and demonstration of how the artist harvests indigo using traditional Japanese farming techniques, dyes textiles in an environmentally conscious manner, and assembles his large-scale installations. Ricketts's multi-sensory installations also incorporate soundscapes composed by frequent collaborator Norbert Herber and participatory engagement from non-artists. There is something for everyone with this unique virtual look behind Rickett’s veil of indigo.

    Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 was presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum at its Renwick Gallery. The exhibition features artists Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Debora Moore, and Rowland Ricketts. Each of these invited artists looks to nature as a way to contemplate what it means to be human in a world increasingly chaotic and divorced from our physical landscape. Representing craft media from fiber to mosaic to glass and metals, these artists approach the long history of art’s engagement with the natural world through unconventional and highly personal perspectives.

    The Smithsonian Women's Committee Endowment provided generous funding for Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 public programs.