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I Will Always Love You

Posted on March 11 2021

I Will Always Love You 
Artwork by Lydia Ricci, Curated by Ginger Rudolph 
March 26, 2021 - April 17, 2021 

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Somewhere between her time as a graphic designer in San Francisco, her travels to Italy to study printmaking, and starting a family outside Philadelphia, Lydia Ricci learned to deal with some of the more stressful aspects of life by looking to the past. Her tiny mementos, are objects that relate to a visceral memory – an intense phobia, or maybe an experience that changed her life. Their resemblance to the original is uncanny, while veering far away from the meticulous technique of model replicas, built to some fraction of scale. These works aren’t as much scientific as they are tiny tributes. Each piece is sized to exactly how big the object, and the memory needs to be; and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

Made from paper, glue, broken staples, and the back-side of almost anything, her collage-like sculptures of everyday objects aren’t precious or precise, but rather rough-and-ready approximations that somehow feel more true than exact recreations. They’re messy and imperfect —just like our memories.

About the Artist
Lydia Ricci is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Ricci studied design in St Gallen, Switzerland and printmaking in Cortona, Italy. She works as an artist and graphic designer outside of Philadelphia, PA and teaches courses in branding, design, and storytelling at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her sculpture has been exhibited in galleries in New York, San Francisco, Marfa, TX, Boston and Philadelphia, and featured in publications including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Vice.

About the Curator
Ginger Rudolph is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied Communications/Journalism at Community College of Philadelphia and art history at Temple University. Ginger is a curator, artist, and writer. She is also the Founder & Editor of HAHA Magazine (High on Art, Heavy on Antics), an arts journal with a focus on contemporary and street art. As her passion for the arts grew, she co-founded HAHA x Paradigm, a civic and social arts initiative located in Philadelphia. In her free time, she writes for arts and culture journals.

About Paradigm Gallery + Studio

Paradigm Gallery + Studio® was established in 2010 by co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston. The gallery exhibits meaningful, process-intense contemporary artwork from around the world. Now open 11 years, Paradigm Gallery is globally recognized and known as a tastemaker within their greater Philadelphia arts community. As the gallery grows, it maintains its original mission to keep art accessible. Through monthly donations, free public art installations, and initiatives like Insider Picks, Paradigm Gallery, continues to be a champion of small businesses and emerging and mid-career artists.

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Lydia Ricci

Lydia Ricci

Lydia Ricci