I make and perform sonic sculptures that are played in live sound based performances with multiple participants. The resulting soundscapes are characterised by moments of focus, humour, ferocity, generosity and struggle. I use wide-ranging technologies in the sculptures and their installation, combining these with developed techniques of improvisation. I perform these solo and with a wider group of collaborators and performers.
Each sculpture has unique inbuilt spatial properties of sound, movement, materials and intention for shared use. They are informed by ancient musical instruments, the ritualistic and hypnotic material processes of artisan labour and artistic work, aquatic life forms and collective architecture.
I completed my MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College in 2009 and since then presented at residencies, performances and exhibitions internationally. In 2015, I was awarded the Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award, a major Acme Residency & Award funded by The Henry Moore Foundation, Royal Opera House, High House Production Park Ltd and Stephen Cripps’ family. I presented two complex architectural-scale installations performed with residents in a spatial-acoustic unfolding and an audiovisual score based on fluctuating power structures and dynamics.
In 2018 I was a Visual & Digital Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity in Canada where I developed Microbiome, played by collective breath.
In 2019 I was also nominated for The Arts Foundation Futures Awards in Experimental Music by the electronic musician and recording artist Nik Colk Void. I performed at Archway Sound Symposium at The Bomb Factory and exhibited my drawing as part of an exhibition of artists’ scores at Five Years Gallery in London. I completed the film, sculpture and performance titled Coil of Days, a series of chapters of sonic sculptures that I have been building and developing with dancers, performers and the public for the last three years. For this film of their unfolding with a specially produced soundtrack, I worked with choreographer Pepa Ubera as well as writer & curator Amy Lay-Pettifer on a responsive text.
“What first struck me about Rita’s work was its fearlessness about using wide-ranging technologies, combining the sophisticated with improvisatory and spontaneous practice. Her drawings showed a real similarity to the freedom, quirkiness, humour and enquiry intrinsic to Stephen Cripps’ sketches.” Anne Bean, Artist, Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award panel, 2015
“Rita stood out as an artist who was very motivated and spoke and illustrated a number of projects that were often ‘off the beaten track’. She already seemed to be wholeheartedly committed, with a number of engaging ideas, for projects that were well-orchestrated in her mind for Thurrock, the local environment and those who live and work there.” Ron Haselden, Artist, Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award panel, 2015
Installation of Poly Pipes in Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity Project Space, 2018. Photo Vikki Wiercinski.