Audra Ricketts is a Vancouver artist originally from Victoria, B.C. She studied painting and drawing at Emily Carr University of Art and design and has participated in solo and group shows since 1998. She has lived in Vancouver for the past 20 years. “Audra is living the life of a true artist and I can see she is painting from her soul." Frank Arnold- San José del Cabo’s Leading Artist
I am currently painting from old photos my husband took of me in which I am posing seductively for him. I am interested in exploring the ways young women are taught to behave in order to be secure and loved. In order to survive we must follow these rules. We are encouraged to all look the same and act a certain way and to keep the inner world hidden beneath the flesh. It starts with a physical outburst. Slashing, dancing, grinding, a conversation in lines with the solid surface. I see a woman's hip, the lines of her sensually stretching out, reaching, twisting, bending, folding and then the stories pour forth. As the shapes and layers and direction of lines assemble into stories I follow the flow to the next thing and then to the next. Whatever phenomena I am living with at the time is funneled into the art and hopefully purified entirely. Layers, stories, shapes, lines. I'm interesting in sharing an authentic, raw experience from this point in the universe. Emotion, sex, humor, animals, loneliness, isolation, strength, suffering, all the human junk. My work is autobiographical and often self portraiture.