Christopher Riggio’s work is centered on ornamentation within utility. The aesthetic quality of the vases, carrier vessels and jars he creates simulates the refinement of French luxury goods conglomerate Cartier of the late 1920’s period. Riggio’s explorations were triggered by the heightened material contrast observed in the painting Moon in Venice by Italian artist Lucio Fontana. Through an act of layering, he draws attention to a sustainable luxury.
His work Paste evocates a subtlety of materials and their points of convergence through the use of simulated gemstones and, glass inlay, and through the decorative use of fractured glass. Christopher Riggio uncovers a desire to revive lost glamour and to evoke a sense of nostalgia through new material sophistication.