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Reisha Perlmutter was born and raised in Naples, Fl. She relates her work directly to her experiences of light and nature from childhood, and her relationship growing up around the presence of water.
Perlmutter studied at Bates College in Maine to expand her greater thought process and language. However, after two years, she was ready to devote herself entirely to her art. Perlmutter received her Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art, where she focused on figurative painting and anatomy.
Shortly after receiving her MFA degree, she moved back to Florida, in search of reuniting herself with dirt, nature, and its enchantment. It was her move back to Florida that inspired her newest series, AQUA. Perlmutter describes this series as jumping board back into the magic of her childhood, and her intimate memories with light, water, and its sensation.
Reisha explains her work by saying, “AQUA is about merging time, about memories becoming present experience. It is about weightlessness, and our deep connection to our senses beyond the confines of thought or intellect. It is about feeling, about oneness, and being. Light is critical to these works. It is metaphorical of course in terms of internal illumination, but also directly necessary in evoking sensation and beauty through its presence and inherent complexity. The imagery of this series uses light as its life force. Light and its transience is captured in the moment of a painting’ existence, and held. It abstracts the idea of time.”