We’ve always been fascinated with the intersection between art, science, and the natural world. Ritu Tilwani’s detailed and monochromatic linocut prints embody what we love about this convergence.
Ritu is a new-to-Click! artist whose work we fell in love with on sight. Her collection features striking, minimalistic depictions of marine life, planets, and geographical wonders.
The limited edition pieces include manta rays, orcas, starry skies, mountains, and so much more. They’re perfect for fellow nature lovers and those who are constantly pondering our connection to the universe :).
The full collection is available to view in-store and online. And stop in during West Seattle Art Walk to meet Ritu on 8.21.21 and 9.9.21 between 4-7p <3!
How would you describe what you make?
Limited edition, hand-pulled linocut prints in a monochrome palette. A striking yet calm, graphic yet organic representation of the world through my eyes.
What drew you to this medium and style of work?
I enjoy the journey back in time, using analog means to create print art. There is great satisfaction in doing everything by hand. Each time you carve a line, you leave your signature behind.
Can you tell us about your favorite piece in the current collection?
Oh, I think of them all as favorites! If I had to pick one piece, it would be the "Sea of Stars" - the milky way rising over the mountains. It takes me back to many happy adventures of hiking beneath starry skies.
If you could collaborate with anyone (living or not), who would it be and why?
It is my dream to collaborate with Cristina Mittermeier - fabulous photographer and co-founder of Sea Legacy. I love the way Cristina captures stories in tandem with her stunning images. I also share her dream of healthy, abundant oceans around the globe.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
"Begin anyhow," as artist Lisa Congdon likes to say.
Waiting for a bolt of creative lighting to strike is often an excuse to never get started. If you commit time and effort to your work, inspiration will surely follow.
Can you describe your favorite part of the process in your work?
My favorite part of the process is carving the linoleum block. It is meditative and very relaxing: the zen-zone between creating a new artwork and the rigors of pulling a perfect print.
When you are in the studio, what are you listening to?
Fantasy fiction! A good dose of magic, dragons, and warlocks makes the perfect background score for my studio. I also nerd out to podcasts. 'Ologies' and 'No Such Thing as a Fish' are all-time favorites.
What is your most treasured handmade possession?
A minimalist fish motif necklace, in sterling silver, handmade by a friend in Sri Lanka. It is simple, elegant, and goes with everything.