Rickie Barnett grew up in the Northern California city of Redding. He attended California State University, Chico, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Art degree with an emphasis in painting and ceramics. After Graduating in the fall of 2013 he took up a year long position as an Artist in Residence at Taos Clay Studio in Taos, New Mexico. He now resides in the south west Seattle area where he works as an assistant for Deborah Schwartzkopf at Rat City Studios.
My work is an internal look at the preeminent issues of being bound to another and the effects it has on individuals. I work figuratively creating characters based on the struggle of balancing relationships, placing them in an open narrative where they can revisit emotions experienced but not quite understood. To provide a sympathetic relation to narrative in the restlessness of living in one’s head space, in an effort to staying honest to myself and to my loved ones. The continual self assessment within our interactions bears fruit which nourishes the bond and eases vulnerability, causing growth.