"Your photos are a moving, artistic documentary of the
pain and beauty of transition – looking back without a reassuring window on
the future. You have singled out so effectively select portions of space,
object, and evoked experience."
"Your work is strong and personal and authentic."
"I love your photographs; they are somewhat sad, but they are beautiful and somehow organic, both in the presence and in the dissolution of a life lived. They especially resonate with me as I have been taking photos of the disintegration of my family's farm for some years. I would love to see more of your work."
"I stopped in on Sunday and saw the show and was taken by the beauty and power of the images. I thought, 'Bravo for Ritual, finally showing something that isn’t wasting my eyes or life.' The other side of the coin is always bitter, isn’t it? Fuck."
"I've just looked up from my writing at Ritual and tuned in to the photos on the walls. 'Case' evokes a whole world of twentieth-century Proustian memory – those photos, that suitcase, just are the unrecoverable time of parents and grandparents. (It reminds me also of W.G. Sebald's writing, whose meditations on memory, imagination, and re-collection might fit your work.) 'Pastorale' gave me the immediate sense that I wanted it on my wall: there are centuries of experience slipped into that photo."
"Your pictures alone are stunning (right up my alley as I love light, forms, and color!). Before I even read the statement, I definitely could feel a sense of loss and memory in your photos. They're truly fantastic. But coupled with the statement, I think your work is quite amazing and tells a sad but inevitable story. I'm so glad you got to share it for a brief moment."
"If I were you, I would not take this as an insult, but
as an indicator that what you are producing is powerful, real, and immensely
"I found your statement compelling, your images to be thought provoking, and the owner of Ritual to be a vacuous toad."
"Varese, the photos were gorgeous! I went in for a cup really early Sunday morning and I took note that they weren't the usual boring coffee house affair. The photo of the piano – the way it is underexposed – really caught my attention. The subtle tones encourage a closer look. The piano is a symbol for so many things: childhood, joy of music and, for some, escape. What I took from that single photograph is the sound of music, or lack thereof. Your photograph asks your viewer many questions."
"The images are simply beautiful and haunting and how anyone cannot see that they are an affirmation of life is beyond me."
"Your 'banned' photo essay moved me very much. I lost both my parents in recent years, and had to do a smaller-scale version of your cleanout of their apartment. Your images evoked those feelings again: the memories inherent in commonplace objects, the empty spaces where life was once lived."
"Although I don't drink Ritual coffee, I would have made a special trip to see your show."
"I'm so grateful to see your work and know there are others who have been through similar weighty tasks and made something from it. And, though I live two blocks from the café, I never would have seen your work if it hadn't been removed from Ritual's walls. I'm saddened to know about their biases. I'd love to know where I can see your show."
"I recently found out about your trouble with Ritual Coffee and was appalled not only to find that she removed your work but also why she believed she had to. The work is beautiful and is real life. It is okay to feel, and it is okay for public places like a coffee shop to express some real emotion. In fact it is about time. Usually, coffee shops are used by people for exactly that – thinking and reflecting – and Ritual Coffee has not only skipped out on the opportunity to affect and interact with people but has lost a serious gem in your work."
"How sad to deprive coffee drinkers the opportunity to engage with quality art about a subject that matters, art that isn't the 'usual fluff,' art that is subtly saturated with the poignant presence of loss."