The sweetness in the bitter fruit, music flooding a VW just moving-down-the-highway, a delicate hummingbird determined to survive: these memories are my muses.
With jazz flooding my San Diego studio, I create mixed media art that maps seventy-two years of memory. Joyfully woven personal histories; all time existing at the same time.
Love and loss. Triumph with trauma. Music as the thing that saves us. Via recreation and assemblage, I layer my past in collage landscape. Each piece is a reflection — reveling in the richness of life intensely lived.
On the canvas, our experiences are playful tangles of past and present.
At your best, you contain multitudes. At your best, you are everything all at once.
Ingrid Croce began her artistic career at eight-years-old, laying stitches in her grandmother’s Philadelphia dress shop. When, as a teenager, Ingrid lost both of her parents, she turned to collage to organize personal chaos. Her work earned her an early residency at New York’s Museum of Folk Art, and she attended the Rhode Island School of Design.
At RISD, Croce applied her frenetic, generative process to design study under Gerald Immonen, working in wine cork and India ink. Shortly thereafter, she transferred to Moore College of Art, taking up painting with her mentor, Harold Jacobs. Inspired by Chagall’s bold, beautiful brush strokes and Rauschenberg’s domestic miscellany, Croce honed the mixed media technique that drives her current work.
After signing to Capitol Records with her late husband, Jim Croce, Croce left Moore in her senior year to pursue other arts.
- The art of music – writing/singing folk, pop, and R&B music (including the CMT award-winning “Age”),
- The art of motherhood – raising son, musician AJ Croce, as a single parent.
- The art of running – taking third place in her category at the Stockholm Marathon.
- The art of hospitality – pioneering the revitalization of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter by establishing Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar with husband, Jimmy Rock.
- The art of literature – penning the award-winning biography, I Got A Name: The Jim Croce Story, and publishing three cookbooks (Thyme in A Bottle, Photographs and Memories, San Diego Restaurant Cookbook: Recipes from America’s Finest City) and the Jim Croce Anthology: The Stories Behind The Songs.
- The art of television – producing documentaries for VHI Behind The Music, PBS, and CMT,
A “woman who moves the city,” the artist was honored with the Women in Leadership award (2015) and the San Diego Business Hall of Fame’s Lifetime Laureate award (1998) for her “extraordinary contributions to the San Diego community” as an “exemplary role model and an inspiration for youth.”
Returning to her mixed media practice in 2013, Croce’s Bankers Hill studio serves as her sun-filled creative refuge and an integral force in welcoming artists of all disciplines to Southern California.
Rhode Island School of Design
Moore College of Art
FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
Museum of Folk Art, Craftsman 65 Exhibit (New York, New York)
Vanguard Culture Headquarters Gallery (San Diego, California)
Fellowship in Painting and Ceramics (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
Art Therapist (University of Pennsylvania)
The Hundred Little Pot Shop, Folk Artist & Owner (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)