Movin' in memphis
This piece was made for the Memphis International Airport Contest.
This was a still life drawn during AP drawing class at Memphis College of Art.
This work deals with the death of my grandmother and the visual, psychological, and emotional memories that live on as I attempt to find a way to keep her alive, even though she is dead.
After living with my grandmother my whole life, I have found the true meaning of life--happiness. My grandmother taught me not pursue societal rank, but to be a woman of self-fulfillment to others and myself. After experiencing the unbearable trauma of holding my grandmother while she died in a coma, I have found within a complex juxtaposition of absence and presence. It has always been a challenge to grasp the mind-set involved between presence and coma, with coma and complete disconnection. Are people really present even though they are alive, or are they just mechanical amoebas trapped in a monotonous movement? Was my grandmother's comatose state that different from the state we call consciousness? I wanted to portray this idea in her bedroom. Walking through her room everyday gives me the complete sense of presence, while also being completely absent. Her room, once filled with warm memories, is now smothered with old, inadequate recollections. The once fond times are now only delusional memories.
A picture of my dad in his chair.
All comments of the pictures are in Ritter's own words