09 - Layered, 2015, mixed media collage, 38x22cm
This text was published in AESTHETICA magazine in Oct.-Nov 2016 issue.
Ritva Raitsalo is a London based collagist. In images such as Layered she reveals secret memories of cities and a hidden city beyond the city. She mixes up places and uses parts of the buildings to assemble her own vision of the existing world. The worlds and cities she creates exist only in her image, but are memories of actual urban landscapes at this moment in time.
Three layers of terraced housing and blocks of flats rise from water, growing towards the horizon. The horizon itself tapers along the water's edge, culminating in the Canary Wharf Tower, which is silhouetted against dark towers of the city. Playing with different depths and perspectives, the city once again seems like a never-ending circle of waterways, houses, industry & commerce.
Limehouse BasinRiver ThamesCanary Wharf tower