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An Exhibition of Sculpture and Collage by
Samantha Ritter and Charlotte Krause

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts presents two exhibitions of collage and sculpture by Charlotte Krause and Samantha Ritter, seniors in the program, on April 4 through 10 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the gallery.   Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Ritter’s exhibition, entitled “Derma,” uses a variety of media including wood, nylon, nails and wax to investigate issues of the body and skin.  In one series, she constructs armatures or skeletons of wood, attaches nails, and then stretches flesh-colored nylon over the structures.  The pieces range from small studies made earlier this year to a large-scale installation that will be built within the gallery.

“In these pieces using nylon, the medium takes on layers of meaning,” explains Ritter, “not only does the fabric mimic skin, but nylons are worn as a second skin, and the use of nails with the nylon begins to look like pinned animal skins in a dissection.”

Her other work in the exhibition includes a triptych of large wood panels covered in melted, manipulated wax, the translucency and texture of which is further explored for its flesh-like quality.

Ritter is a computer science major who sees her sculptural work in pursuit of a certificate in visual arts as a physical exploration counterbalancing the programming work she does virtually.

Krause’s work focuses on a series of two- and three-dimensional collages of found images and objects.  The collages, created in fulfillment of a certificate in visual arts, explore her readings in philosophy and studies in her major, architecture.  

“I collect images from magazines and objects I find – an old computer, a set of crutches – and combine and manipulate them,” notes Krause.  “By combining contrasting images or repurposing an object and putting it into a new context, we can find whole new meanings that did not exist before.”


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Link to photo:
Photo caption 1:  An untitled sculptural work by senior Samantha Ritter in which she uses wood, nails, nylon, wax and other media to explore the qualities of skin from her upcoming exhibition, “Derma.”
Photo credit 1: Photo by Jaclyn Sweet
Photo caption 2:  A sculptural collage by senior Charlotte Krause from her upcoming exhibition, “The object of a title is to change the way you look at things,” which will feature two- and three-dimensional collages 
Photo credit 1: Photo by Charlotte Krause

Event Information

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 4th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Exhibit runs:
April 4 - 10, 2013

10 AM - 4:30 PM

Lucas Gallery
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton University

Free and open to the public




Photograph of a sculptural collage assembled by Charlotte Krause, one of many works that will be exhibited as part of her senior thesis project.

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