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Silhouette Figures: Art by Ronnie Spiewak


An artwork with plant-like figures on a green backgroundLand of the Zeros, collage and paint on paper

Maryland-based artist Ronnie Spiewak works with a collage aesthetic, creating works that emphasize cut-out and silhouette figures on backgrounds ranging from textured and complex to monochromatic. Working on a variety of substrates, Ronnie tailors her natural figures to suit changing environments.


An artwork with cutout shapes of plantsHere and Gone, collage and paint on paper

 

In her artist’s statement, Ronnie notes that she has been inspired by the appearance and structure of languages, especially languages that are foreign to her. It’s interesting to look at the works in her portfolio to spot moments where Ronnie’s plant and leaf figures take on an almost linguistic aesthetic, in the way they arranged on paper, and walls. Though a pattern may not be immediately visible, the placement of each object seems deliberate in relation to its surroundings.


A screen capture of Ronnie Spiewak's art websiteThe front page of Ronnie's portfolio website

 

I really enjoy seeing Ronnie’s cut-out figures installed on a wall in a Washington gallery space. This installation allows the viewer to almost step inside one of the artist’s works, and get up close to the mysterious, blacked-out silhouettes that become their own language within the context of the artist’s body of work.


A collage mural with silhouette plants stuck to a wallIt Happened One Night, wall collage


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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