Rikki Ducornet is a transdisciplinary artist. Her work is animated by an interest in nature, Eros, Abusive Authority, subversion and the transcendent capacities of the Creative Imagination. A writer and painter, her novels are published in over a dozen languages, and her paintings exhibited internationally, including most recently: a retrospective in conjunction with ‘Wounded Galaxies’ (University of Indiana, 2018), Dox Contemporary Art: ‘I Welcome’, Amnesty International (Prague, 2018) , The National Library of Costa Rica (2016), The Itau Foundation (Santiago, Chile, 2011).
The author of nine novels, collections of essays, short fiction and poetry, her work has received The Bard College Arts and Letters Award (1998), The Lannan Literary Award for Fiction (2004) and The Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008). Her novel, The Jade Cabinet, was a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award (1993). She has received numerous fellowships including a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe, a Copeland Colloquium fellowship at Amherst College, and most recently, support from The Foundation Beaumarchais (Paris). She has been a tenured Writer in Residence at both Denver University (1988-2000) and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (2008); a Visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University St. Louis (2009) and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Trento, Italy (1994) Of her work, William Gass has written: Rikki Ducornet’s books search for a way to heal the wound in our psyche—our shame and suppression of our nature—which has led not only to denial of this world on behalf of another one, but has repeatedly allowed authority and its agents to blind us to beauty, to make our passions poisonous, and to corral and confine the imagination.