During a residency on Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan, Ratcliff began her “Japan” series of work. She interpreted the new realities around her by rebuilding photographic images through cropping, collage, repetition, and transfer.
In 2002, Ratcliff traveled to Malta in the Mediterranean, making a pilgrimage to the 5,000 year old goddess temples. The enduring remains of ancient, matriarchal culture inspired Ratcliff to assemble these images based in women’s spirituality. The resulting body of work consists of digitally printed photographs combined with the handwork of image transfer, drawing, and collage.