Athena Rigas is a maker born and raised in New York City. A synesthetic, the artist’s senses overlap and even the most mundane of activities can become a rich sensory overload. The artist is obsessed with patterns, and is drawn to folk patterns, textiles, and objects that she absorbed in domestic spaces growing up first-generation American. By bringing together so many different cultural signifiers, Athena Rigas's vision digests the spectator into domestic chaos. This notion of “in-between” manifests into the artist's use of objectification and how a painting can be both human and object. The artist's use of innumerable objects in and around her work is to challenge spectators into understanding the way in which humans form rituals around objects.

"HIERARCHY" in Wendell's World

oil on canvas, wood, shelf, flags, foam core 2018