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Artist Statement:
"I am particularly interested in alternative modes of seeing the body and in particular, a way of looking at the body which is much overlooked:   a primal view of looking down at our own physical form in front of us, as an alternative to viewing the body in a mirror or a photograph - the representation or simulation of the body through a reflected image, to which we are so accustomed.  Secondly, through large-scale abstract paintings, I am interested in the experiences of the body in the wider context of its various homes, environments and spaces: the womb, the natural world, the digital world, the planet, particularly in current times of uncertainty and change.
Our bodies have an interesting relationship with vital and powerful elements of the Natural World (particularly water), yet with the body at the service of the mind - consumed and distracted by the loves, harms and indulgences of the Western world - the experiences of this relationship are often neglected. How we treat this relationship over the next decade, in the face of climate change, will undoubtedly test some of our most primal human instincts - fear, survival, power and protection."

About

Ruth Fox explores how we see and experience the body. Her abstract and figurative works often dissect for the viewer what we actually see but rarely look at - fragments of our own physical form in line, shape and contour - and that which we wrestle with - a whole body image often seen via a simulation of the body (a mirror or a photograph) which comes with a whole backstory of social, ethical, cultural and often judgemental baggage, as well as body identity hierarchies we have learned throughout our own individual and collective histories.  

Conceiving that the body is a home, both familiar and foreign, the body is a space which we permanently inhabit. IN addition to her figurative works, Ruth also explores this idea through installation and sound works. Her installation works perceive the experience of operating and being inside a body, as well as abstract paintings that investigate the body in relation to Nature and our collective species, looking recently at how water binds both the human body and Nature.  Her sound art explores the body's sounds as its experience. These include the touch of skin, the breath and the heartbeat, with her latest work honouring the body's release of pain and grief through (the sound of) tears. The sounds are used as instruments to create compositions with collaborative composers and musicians, and attempt to relay the fluid interchange of unity and conflict between mind and body.  

In Nov 2018, Ruth Fox was invited to give a TEDx talk at Royal Holloway University, 'How to Rebel Against Body Image Idealism.' 

Ruth Fox grew up in Hertfordshire in the UK before moving to London for 15 years. She now lives in Margate, Kent and works from her studio at home.

Exhibition History
 
FUTURE
Vessel, 4-artist exhibition about the body, The Koppel Project, Soho, London, April 2020
MEMORIA, Performance & body installation, Margate/London, 2020
Symphony of Salt, sound artwork release on vinyl, Margate/London 2020
PAST
2019
Returning Now, group show featuring artists in residence from 2018 - 19, Gordon House Margate - Nov - Dec
Collective Disturbance curated by Ruth Fox, group show, Gordon House Margate (also exhibiting) - Sept
Art Car Boot Fair 'LOVE', Dreamland, Margate, Sept
Naked Pieces of You project & How You See Me, How You Don't - solo exhibition, 4 Mason's Yard, London, Apr
POW Festival, Thanet: WOMB ROOMS for Empower - group show, Pie Factory, Margate, March
POW Festival, Thanet: EXSOLVO film and performance, with The JAM Network and The Natashas Project for Empower, group show, Pie Factory, Margate, March
How You See Me, How You Don't - solo show, Pie Factory, Margate, Feb
2018
Art Car Boot Fair, ANTI FACTORY: Womanufacture project, London, Dec 
TEDx talk, Royal Holloway University - Nov (available online soon)
Sounds of My Skin + Body Fragments, solo Fringe project - Deptford X Festival, Fringe, Sister Midnight Records, London, Sept
Art Car Boot Fair, Kings Cross, London, Sept
Breath: Fear and Medicine, Gordon House Margate Artist in Residence & joint exhibition with composer, Anna Westin, Margate, Aug 
2017
Art Below Frieze Week project, group show Art Below, Le Dame Gallery; Regent's Park Underground, Oct
A Most Awkward Divide (All Mind, No Body)  solo show - Gallery 46, Whitechapel, Sept 
 
2016
Fascination of Art and Colour - travelling group exhibition with Enter Into Art via galleries in Germany: Cologne, Diez & Nassau, Feb - Jun 2016
EDUCATION
Ruth Fox trained at Central Saint Martins before going on to Exeter University to gain a degree in English and Cultural Studies