Rontherin Ratliff’s autonomous artistic approach to contextualizing found objects that elicit memories enveloped in emotions act as messages to viewers in an unspoken language of cognitive bias. Ratliff’s practice uses architectural materials and domesticated objects to draw correlation between the dwelling as meditation and domiciles to inform experimental assemblage works, large-scale sculpture, and site-responsive installations while exploring internal versus external balance.
Ratliff has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Miami, FL, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC among others. Ratliff’s work is included in the publication Artscope, The Brooklyn Rail, The Advocate, Country Roads Magazine, Pelican Bomb, New York Times and more. Exhibitions include his solo Finding Way, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA (2019), Petter & the Wolf, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, New York, NY (2009), Katrina Then and Now: Artist As Witness, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Worcester, MA (2016), At Home In The World, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2016), De Verhalen van Groningen Foundation, Kerstvloed 1717 Art Route 2017, Groningen, NL (2017), southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art, University Galleries (2000) and Per(Sister), Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, NY (2021)