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Rita Dibert: Quiet Moments at Lumen Gallery

Rita Dibert: Christmas Lilies. Archival pigment print, 53 x 64cm
Rita Dibert: Christmas Lilies. Archival pigment print, 5364cm 

Work by Rita Dibert (BFA 69, MFA 71) was featured this spring at New Zealand’s Lumen Gallery. Quiet Moments, on view from April 14-May 7, 2023, is an exhibition of flower portraits dedicated to Rita’s late mother, Lilian Dibert of Flint, Michigan.

Flowers have many meanings: historical, botanical and personal. When my mother went onto the next level I started a series of flower images in her memory. This lead me more out to the garden and less to the studio but I have made peace with that. I remember my mother remonstrating when my father trimmed the lilacs in the fall, she fearing they would not bloom as boisterously the next season. But of course they did: my father came from farming stock. I myself knew very little about gardening when I embarked on my 1903 villa. I feel like I know even less now… those little info cards on the bushes, trees or plants do not always give accurate information, or at least accurate for my Whanganui microclimate. I have overplanted many areas or totally disregarded such info as that needles from that know 9 metre high pin nut tree can kill many plants trying to grow beneath their mother. So to my mother, Lillian Jeanette Dibert, I turn over the fate of these flowers and know they will go to good homes, never to worry if they will get enough cold in the winter or water in the summer.”

Rita holds MFA degrees in Painting & Printmaking and Electronic Media & Photography. From 1995 – 2015 she designed and developed the Fine Art Photography Darkrooms and curriculum at WRCP and the Quay School of the Arts, Whanganui. Rita came to New Zealand in 1995, drawn by the rarity of a nuclear free country with a social conscience. She has had a range of wonderful, talented students here and enjoyed every minute teaching them.

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