As the daughter of a
geologist, Ria Charisse grew up looking closely at fossils and rock formations.
After years of working as a sculptor and receiving an MFA from Cranbrook Academy
of Art, her aesthetic remains centered on the organic and the precious.
She says, "I begin with twigs, leaves, buds and seeds - things gathered during walks through trees. I am curious about the unexpected: iridescence, fragility, decay…I am grafting together precious materials and organic forms in an attempt to tell a story about seductive impermanence.”
These weighty sculptures are a testament to her craft - rich in detail but quirky too.