DeAnna Rigter’s Artist Statement
My work is inspired by nature and how we interact with and perceive our surroundings. I’m interested in evoking moods, capturing a moment in time or history with color, light and of course, texture. I want the work to tell a story to the viewer giving them just enough to connect the dots – to set a mood with fragments and symbols that evoke a place or time. I work with landscapes and figurative work including tapestry, watercolor, encaustic, textiles, embroidery, and mixed media.
Other sources of inspiration come from my personal experiences, memories, photographs, drawings, daydreaming, and readings. One of my favorite books is The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard. According to Bachelard, it isn’t the historical accuracy that is significant but the act of daydreaming which allows us to relive and recreate our memories so that these dwelling places of the past remain with us for all time. As an artist, it is not only the act of daydreaming but also the process of making that solidifies my thoughts, dreams, and memories. I transcend one place to another through making. I find my work in other mediums feeds my creativity, which makes the tapestry work more exciting as only a few drawings or paintings out of hundreds will ever make it to my loom. I worked in the textile industry for years as a Jacquard Designer and always find it ironic when I sit down at my tapestry loom to weave with the most basic weave structure in the world.
“We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home. By recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.” -Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
DeAnna Rigter’s Biography
DeAnna Rigter received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2000. After completing her degree in textiles and fiber she went to work for the textile industry as a Jacquard designer designing textiles for the home industry. In 2008 she left the corporate life behind to pursue her art full time and return to hand weaving and painting. She dressed her first loom in 1987 and feels she has gone full circle now returning to the hand loom after many years working with the highest of technical looms. She has received awards for her work from Surtex, Niche, CITA and was a recipient of the Propes Fellowship from SCAD. She has taught textile design and weaving as an adjunct professor and in private classes and workshops. She is exhibiting her work and also selling in shops, galleries and online. She is currently working on more experimental pieces incorporating tapestry into mixed media works including stitching and mark making into the tapestries.