James Gibbons writes THE PARIS REVIEW DAILY: “One of the uncanny successes of Seydel’s art lies in the way his sophistication and erudition are everywhere in evidence[…]and yet he could fashion[…] a body of work that harnesses[…]the affecting strangeness and elemental power of naive art.”
Daniel Owen writes in HYPERALLERGIC: “Collage is homage, but also respiration. Seydel’s work reanimates the work of his forebears, who did the same for theirs, invigorating the tradition with unusual reverence and passion. “
Megan N. Liberty writes in ART IN PRINT: “To dissect [his collages] into separate components is to strip them of the qualities with which Seydel—correction, Ruth— imbues them. Collage is a triumph over the dispersion that haunts Benjamin’s collector.”
Matthew Erickson in THE BELIEVER: “[Seydel’s] work was the result of a private dialogue with a range of artists and writers, with influences echoing off of each other through his daily working cycle, the nights spent processing the texts ingested in the morning.”
“In Ruth’s collages, Seydel applied his combinatorial magic to debris from the street, forgotten photographs and faded scraps of paper, transforming earthly detritus into illuminated arrangements.”
This constellation of works by Robert Seydel as well as other Siglio artists reflects the synergy that occurs when things are collected, arranged, and manipulated to compose something new.