"My work explores how we see and experience the body, often second to, and at the service of the mind. It also considers the body as the unconscious mind, in line with research in to neuroplasticity, yoga nidra & a 6-year meditation practice, as well as recent research in to Earthing (also known as grounding).
Years ago, I noticed that when you look down at the body in front of you, it can appear to mimic a fragmented, abstract landscape - it too, is made up of hills, terrains, valleys, lines and curves. I began to perceive not only how the body replicates Nature in this way, but also just how little attention we (and the worlds of visual image) have paid to this very experiential and primal view of the body. I find it funny, and a little crazy too, that we place so much belief and significance in (second-hand) reflections of the body - in a mirror or a photograph of ourselves - as opposed to looking at the real thing. My work considers the primal view perspective of the body as having the potential to reconnect us with it, in a world that is dedicated to feeding and often polluting the mind."
"Through my entirely abstract paintings sound art and installation projects, I aim to translate our relationship with various habitats and environments, and their impact upon the body. These include the the mind, the womb, the Natural world and all its elements, the digital world and the man-made world. I perceive that how we treat these relationships has already come to test some of our most primal human instincts; fear, survival, power and protection. "
Starting with her primal view concept (mentioned in her artist statement above) Ruth plays with the tipping point between recognising the body in its human form when we look down at it, and entirely shedding that recognition, to show the fragmented body as a remarkable, abstract and landscape-like entity, and as a unique space we each inhabit, yet one which is frequently alien and foreign to us. Using oil pastel and acrylic paint on paper and canvas, as well as tactile fabrics stitched with embroidery threads, she records the body's lines, shapes and contours with a wide palette of colours. The works invite the idea that through these primal views, the "lost" sense of connection we have with the body can be reestablished, in terms of our collective species and our individual identities.
Ruth also explores the body's experiences through entirely abstract paintings, installation and sound works.
TEDx In Nov 2018, Ruth was invited to give a TEDx talk at Royal Holloway University, which was published on the TEDx YouTube channel: 'How to Rebel Against Body Image Idealism.'
Ruth grew up in Hertfordshire in the UK before moving to London for 15 years, where she started her artist practice 5 years ago, starting with a solo show at Gallery46 in Whitechapel of which she sold over half of her works. She now lives in Margate, Kent and working from her studio at home next to the beach. Her 6 year meditation practice also influences her ideas about how we experience and treat the body. She is also interested in brainwave states of alpha, theta and delta as a means to calming mind and body, and the body in 'flow state.'