"In classical logic, a contradiction consists of a logical incompatibilty between two or more propositions.”
Multimedia artist Rita Bard's work is often simultaneously tender, biting, honest, sardonic and playful.
Her creative expression encompasses drawing, sculpture, painting, photography and interfaces digital and analogue. She creates a liminal space that can provide an opening where fresh questions about collective narratives can come into being.
Bard has shown at the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Box Gallery, Eight Modern, Launch Projects in Santa Fe and many other galleries in the US. She founded freeform art space in 2014 as part of her community art practice: freeform serves as a venue for guest curators and artists to show “commercially risky”, challenging and/or under appreciated artists’ work.
She is member of Art Shape Mammoth a creative community that "cultivates radical societal transformation by supporting and performing activities that promote social justice, education, and environmental sustainability.” In 2015, Bard initiated the first “Art’s Birthday” Santa Fe event, based on Fluxus member Robert Fillious’ 1963 original concept of “Art’s Birthday”. On this project she collaborated with art writer Kathryn M. Davis, Axle Contemporary, The New Mexico Museum of Art and the Eternal Network - Arts Birthday Global Network Exchange. The original “Art’s Birthday” is an ongoing event that occurs through out the globe every January 17.
Early exposure to architecture and fine art galvanized an decision to pursue studies in creative fields starting with graphic design and architectural art glass. She built an early career as a glass artist working in architectural art glass firms in Kentucky and New York. Wanting a more in-depth relationship with fine art she chose to pursue a BFA in printmaking at Maine College of Art in 1999, graduating in 2002/2013. Bard was raised in Kentucky and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband and their assorted animals in 2004
She maintains freeform artspace and a very active studio practice in Santa Fe, NM.