Jersey City
Laurie Riccadonna

Laurie Riccadonna earned her Master of Fine Arts in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University School of Art and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting/Drawing from the Pennsylvania State University.

Ms. Riccadonna’s work has been featured in a variety of solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Laurie’s work is included in a variety of collections such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Art Collection, the Hudson County Community College Permanent Art Collection and a variety of private collections.

Ms. Riccadonna has been the recipient of awards such as: residencies at the Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Women’s Studio Workshop. She is a recipient of the NJ State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2011, 2002) and Yale University’s Ely Harwood Schless Prize. Currently Program Coordinator/Professor of Fine Art at Hudson County Community College, Ms Riccadonna resides in Jersey City with her husband and two children.

"Bouquet" by Laurie Riccadonna, oil on canvas, 22.5 x 28.5

Laurie Riccadonna
oil on canvas

22.5 × 28.5 in.


Bouquet is part of a series of paintings that I completed utilizing the jigsaw puzzle as a motif.  A jigsaw puzzle is both a mixture of challenge and play. The act of puzzling is seductive and entrancing as the puzzler joins pieces together to build something from nothing,  creating order out of the chaos of scattered pieces. 

Bouquet depicts images of Nature Mort, vanitas imagery, that references the brevity and the ephemeral nature of life.  The reward of completing a jigsaw puzzle is the sense of satisfaction that comes from seeing a difficult challenge through to the end. However, in this series of work, the puzzle is never completed. These “puzzle bouquets”, are in effect, impossible puzzles.  The endeavor of bringing order to chaos is never fully realized.