Luke Rizzotto is an artist working primarily in digital and emerging media. Originally from the New Orleans, Louisiana metro area, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with a concentration in Computer Art in Animation from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2019. After graduating, he worked as an animator and designer as well as remaining active in the local art scene. In 2021, he was accepted and entered into the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is currently practicing and exploring new modes of art-making.
Being a member of a family that is scattered across the country and not bound within a single region, I grew up going on road trips, navigating a myriad of terrains and sceneries. I now realize the profound nature of these journeys is not necessarily witnessing the different natural and manmade forms within the landscape, but rather the physical act of venturing such vast terrain. These may be places where people live their lives or where its only inhabitants are passers-by. The ability to move through space in this manner constructs the illusion that the landscape itself is billowing and transforming, appearing to be alive. As the land undulates, the traveler can enter a unique liminal state of contemplation and solitude. In this inimitable dreamlike state, the traveler is alone to examine themselves outside of their immediate physical or social needs and can begin to understand their relationship to the unfathomably large world they inhabit. The work I create is a response to entering this state, one which takes into consideration what it means to be on one’s own and navigate the complex world that we have constructed.