Randi Reiss-McCormack received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Cornell University in NY. After finishing her undergraduate degree she moved to Paris where she worked on painting and apprenticed in an Intaglio Printing Studio. Returning to her hometown of Boston, she taught at Mass Art and then moved to Baltimore to complete her Graduate Studies at Mt. Royal, Maryland Institute College of Art. Reiss-McCormack has worked steadily through this time moving from Printmaking to Painting to Installation Works and small Constructions to Works on Paper and back to Painting. All these disciplines seem to inform the other and this mixed-media sensibility is evident in the current suite of works.Randi Reiss-McCormack has has shown both nationally and internationally from Seattle & Boston to London, England. She has received the Maryland State Arts Council Award in three different categories, including, Works on Paper, Painting and Installation. She was a recipient of the Trawick Third Prize in 2006 and recently was a finalist with "Myartspace" to exhibit with the gallery digitally at Scope Miami. She has been showing with Jordan Faye Block since 2005 and Jordan Faye Contemporary since it's inception in 2006. Randi Reiss-McCormack is a mixed-media artist, living, working, and teaching in Baltimore, MD.
When you encounter a work by Randi Reiss-McCormack it is like delving into a rarely exposed subconscious circus. Sometimes encountered images include familiar characters engaged in dynamic scenes, all infused with domestic textures. The subjects are recognizable memories, iconic symbols that seem to have been distorted by time. They now have an eerie quality as they combine and interact with one another and the patterns around them. The colors deliver their content with surprising neutrality, while the complexity of the depictions ruthlessly engulfs the viewer. Working through the content often requires the viewer to sort through their own memories and the cultural constructs that affect us all. Sometimes unsettling, sometimes playful, the richness of imagery in Reiss-McCormack's work is bound to strike a chord with the viewer who allows themselves to explore it.
- Willa Frazer, Curatorial Assistant