I am interested in clothing because it has an implied history, it carries the well-worn imprint of its owner whether that person is known to us or not; it is personal, yet, anonymous. Through gesture, scale, form and texture I try to create the suggestion of an individual's history. The casting process I use gives the pieces a rough, grainy surface and defects and imperfections in the castings are cultivated rather than eliminated. The resulting sculptures are mysteriously nostalgic, as if they are the product of long usage, frozen in time before age destroys them. The work succeeds if it evokes a haunting remnant of presence.
Name: Clee Richeson
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, 1969
Education: BFA Kansas City Art Institute, 1997 curriculum vitae
Favorite Books: Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series
Favorite Subjects: History, the darker the better
Words to live by: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?