Mary Curtis Ratcliff


My current work begins with photographs abstracted from nature.  Sometimes I further develop these compositions through applying layers of acrylic wash, drawing, transfer and collage. Recently, while continuing to use photographic imagery, I have returned to 3-dimensional art, developed kinetic, sculptural works that are suspended and turn in space.  The resulting artworks serve as a means to discover the interconnectedness of things: new associations emerge across the changing space of the images.

I studied sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design and then participated in the early video movement in New York City.  Since that time, my artwork has been featured in over twenty solo exhibitions and a hundred group shows.  It is represented in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Oakland Museum of California.



Mary Curtis Ratcliff is an advocate for Dorothy Day House which she has designated as her way to support Mental Health