Artist Statement : Ronnie Spiewak
I’m a juggler of fragments and I’ve always been interested in setting and keeping things in motion. I’m interested in creating a complete image by using disparate pieces to make the whole. It’s a selective process about incorporating, juxtaposing and eliminating. It’s about finding and losing. It’s a method of working that echoes the ways I make choices in my daily living.
Collage has always been a satisfying vehicle for expressing my ideas and emotions. The scissors and the Exacto blade are my paintbrushes. They help create line and shape quickly and crisply. Paper is my pallet. There is a language of paper. Glossy, saturated magazine paper sings. The color, plainness and usefulness of brown paper offers a rough quality. Velum provides a translucence that allows for a far-away feel. I also enjoy painting on various types of surfaces, such as cardboard and museum board.
I am drawn to the calligraphy of foreign languages, with it’s beautiful array of symbols and marks. Hebrew newsprint, evident in many of my pieces, has become a way to symbolize dialogue, culture and timelessness. It’s also a way to integrate my personal heritage into the work, reflecting on a culture of an ancient and simultaneously modern land.
My recent work combines collage with paint, and often just paint. The work is inspired by nature, travel, words and people.
I received a B.A. from Monmouth College and a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art.
I have exhibited widely in the Greater Washington area.
I work at Passageways Studio in Riverdale, Maryland.