Artist Statement of Zita Ra
The intricacy of wood always fascinated me though it took a long time to commit myself to this medium. I enjoy experimenting with various styles and techniques and constantly search for a visual language to express spiritual experiences. My current projects includes experimenting with organic figural pieces (gallery 8-9) and creating portals as transitional spaces with the intention of raising awareness to the importance of conscious threshold experiences (gallery 1-7).
I am also excited about creating art together with others, and when I have an opportunity I facilitate community art projects. Please visit my page on Socially Engaged Environmental Art
(and gallery 11).
I was born in Hungary, 1967. I studied pedagogy and became a Waldorf teacher. Twenty five years ago, my family moved to Britain and since then I have been teaching and working with children and adults with special needs and behaviour difficulties. In 2007, I received a sculptor diploma after completing the professional training at Geisler-Moroder Woodcarving and Sculpture School in Austria. In 2011, I completed an MA in Fine Art at the University of Brighton, followed by a PG study in Gifted and Talented Education the year after. Alongside teaching at schools, I have also been running woodcarving and sculpture courses at my own studio since 2006. Now I work towards a PhD in Art and Education.
To view my work, please visit the online gallery.
2003 "Sculptures of Zita Ra", Holywood Library, Northern Ireland
2003 Moonstone Gallery, Holywood, N I
2005 “Fearless Fear”, Holywood Library, N I
2005 “Lightgrowth”, Newtownards, N I
2005 “Myth-o’-Wood”, Chequer Mead Arts Centre, Sussex
2008 “Sculpted Torat”, Forest Row, Sussex
2009 "Zita Ra" Permanent studio exhibition and SEOS
2010 “Reconnect”, Tunnel Road Caves, Reigate
2011 “Portals”, Emerson College, Forest Row
2013 “Art Multifaced”, Forest Row
2003 RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin, Ireland
2003 Elaine Somers Gallery, Belfast, N I
2004 “...Irish Art”, The Davison Gallery, Holywood, N I
2005 “Beyond Words”, Holywood Library, N I
2006 “Inspirational Arts Festival”, London
2007 “Art and Sculpture Exhibition”, Michael Hall, Sussex
2008 “Lingfield Art”, Sussex
2008 “Forest Row Festival”, Sussex
2010 MA Fine Art Show, University of Brighton
2011 MA Fine Art (Final) Show, University of Brighton
2011 Exhibiting Member of Ashdown Gallery, Forest Row
2011 Member of Artparks, International Sculpture Park
2012 Exhibiting Member of Chalk Gallery, Lewes
2013 Erotic Arts Festival, Edinburgh