Risa Hricovsky received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a post-baccalaureate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. Recently Hricovsky received a Bailey Opportunity Grant, Current Art Fund Grant, and won First Place in mixed media at the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics. Risa has exhibited nationally and internationally and she has attended many prestigious residencies. Most notable residencies include the Studios at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA; Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Skealskor, Denmark; and SIM in Reykjavik. Iceland. Currently, Risa is an Assistant Professor of Art at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.
Risa Hricovsky is a post-discipline/installation artist. Her work pushes the boundaries between painting and sculpture, and between art, design and craft. The artworks she creates punctuate space through pattern, color and her use of the multiple. Working though dichotomies such as order & chaos, attraction & repulsion and similarity & difference, she makes visual poems about perception. The work juxtaposes similarly colored materials with opposing properties, such as fired porcelain with soft sculpture or paper. In doing so, each material takes on characteristics of the other, giving rise to misperception and subtly introducing tension within the calm of repetition. Through this mimicry and indexical object making begins a critique of our ideological perceptions of different materials.