"I am fascinated by how we see and experience the body through the largely neglected Primal View, (what we see of our bodies when we look down at it, instead of a reflected image). More recently through my abstract works, I have been looking at how to visualise emotions and the body as the unconscious mind. The body, both familiar and foreign to us, can be a vital portal to reconnecting us with a lost sense of self, both individually and collectively.
"My work centres around the questions, "who can we become? And what could our futures look like?" Current conversations and discourses are emanating an awareness that our current systems - be they educational, environmental, medical, economical or political - and beliefs about the importance of such things as image, status, wealth or acquisition of things - are no longer working for us. After taking neuroplasticity and meditation courses during the first UK lockdown and reading a lot of studies about how the body stores past experiences and emotions - acquired in part, through these systems and beliefs - my work considers the body, rather than being at the service of the mind (as my work first studied) as being the master of the mind. Therefore, perhaps the body is the first place we must look if we are to release old systems, beliefs and emotions, that no longer serve us, before us humans can update ourselves with new, happier and healthier ones!"
Ruth is a multi-disciplinary artist and former TEDx speaker interested in visually documenting how we see our own bodies, and the experience of being inside a body. Drawing on her research in to how the body stores and releases emotions, neuroplasticity, human consciousness and spirituality, she delves in to the ever-fascinating relationship between mind and body, comprehending it as fundamental to our understanding of who we are.
Ruth works largely on canvas or paper (often with textiles and/or paint), as well as creating sound art and occasional installation-based works. Her Primal View works of the body, a rare viewpoint in figurative art and largely disregarded by the human mind in favour of mirrors and photographs, are a large focus of her work. Her large abstract paintings aim to visually translate the experience of human emotions within our internal environments.
Ruth studied Art at Central Saint Martins and English & Cultural Studies at Exeter University. She has exhibited extensively in the UK, through both solo and group shows and taken part in UK-based art fairs, art festivals and artist residencies. In 2020 she had her work projected on to Antony Gormley's Angel of The North as part of Ian Berry's project, Clap for the NHS. In November 2018, she 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 Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK before moving to London for 15 years, where she started her artist practice professionally, in 2017.
She now lives in Margate, Kent and works from her studio at home.