January 26 – April 21,
Opening reception January 26, 4-6 pm
(Los Angeles) – In Ghost Dogs, opening January 26 at MOAH, Los Angeles artist Samuelle Richardson has created a series of wood and fabric sculptures that depict wild dogs of the African Bush. For Richardson, these predatory animals capture the human imagination because of our fascination for untamed realms and for their danger and their beauty. She believes that our passion is aroused by exotic things that can destroy us and remembers her own encounters with disquieting vulnerability.
Richardson’s group of sculptures conveys a dichotomy between savage and benign as the structures come together with opposing qualities: Gnarled and rough wood is paired with the crush and pull of fabric as it relates to skin over bone and attention is given to craft while embracing flaws in the material. Stitching the fabric over the finished structure secures it in place and the stitching becomes a form of mark making. Most of the materials are found or discarded, such as tree branches and recycled clothing.
Richardson’s process involves researching scores of pictures to find those that highlight the animal’s expression and movement. Each structure begins with attention to the skeleton and muscle groups emphasizing the asymmetry of the form. As she works with the pictures in front of her, she strives to create a sense of believability rather than realism, knowing that new information will lead to discovery.
Richardson entered the industry as a commercial artist in charge of developing original artwork for the fashion industry. She credits years of travel, seeking venues that upend our everyday sense of normal, as having an impact on her vision.
About Samuelle Richardson
Educated in New York, Richardson’s art training ran for more than a decade in a self-directed curriculum. She studied at FIT, Parsons, School of Visual Art and the New York Academy of Art. Richardson has exhibited in galleries throughout California including Marin MOCA, Berkeley Art Center, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, LA Art Show Modern+Contemporary, Arena One Gallery, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, and Studio Systems II Experimental Residency Project at the Torrance Art Museum. Today she lives and works in LA.
(photo by Martin Cox)