2015. 23kt gold mono-prints on hand-loomed silks, dyed and printed textiles, stainless steel fishing wire, shells. 55"H x 28"W x 28"D.
In this sculptural context, the silk can seem at once earthbound and ethereal, fragile and indestructible, modern and antique. Whether scrunched into showy Victoriana blooms around a tiny shell, pressed flat and adorned with coin-size metallic spirals or hung like giant ribbons from unseen fishing line, Ratté's innovations are crafted with an archeologist's investigative eye and a jeweler's intuitive hand.
-- Anne Lawrence Guyon, Vermont Public Radio, Art Commentary on "Splendent Earth" at the Bennington Museum (excerpt).
”Ratté’s work is sculptural. Forms fashioned from fabric are set in, against, or upon three-dimensional armatures. The effect is biomorphic. A work may appear to be the skeletal frame and soft tissue of an unknown plant or animal, or perhaps molecules or solar systems come to life. The work is both evocative and mysterious.
-- Mara Williams, Chief Curator, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (BMAC)