Artist Statement:

 

 

"My work investigates how we see and experience the body through the largely neglected Primal View, and the body as the unconscious mind and therefore a vital portal to reconnection with a lost sense of self, in terms of our collective species and our individual identities.  My work has been recently influenced by research into quantum science's remarkable new relationship with spirituality, neuroscience and neuroplasticity, breath work and meditation, as well the study of emotion in relation to the mind-body connection.  All of which I frequently test out on my own body and mind."

"Who can we become?  Current conversations and discourses are emanating an awareness that our current systems - be they educational, environmental, medical, economical or political, or beliefs about the importance of our image, status, wealth or acquisition of material things - are no longer working for us.  After taking a neuroplasticity course during the first UK lockdown, and reading a lot of studies  about how the body stores past experiences and emotions acquired 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 the master of the mind,  And thus the body is the first place we must look if we are to release old systems, beliefs and emotions that don't serve us so that we might update ourselves with new, healthier ones.  Now that "brain science" has proven we can do this, what might our futures look like?"
 

ABOUT

Ruth is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in visually documenting the experience of seeing the body and being in a body, and the relationship between mind and body as integral to our understanding of who we are and who we will be in the future. She works largely on canvas or paper (often with textiles and/or paint), as well as creating some sound art and some project-based works. What she terms as her Primal Views of the body, a rare viewpoint in figurative art, and largely disregarded by us in favour of mirrors and photographs, are a large part of her work, as well as abstract works which aim entirely to translate an interplay between human emotions, as stored by the body, within our multiple environments - physical and non-physical.

Ruth studied Art at Central Saint Martins and English and Cultural Studies at Exeter University. She has exhibited extensively in the UK, through both solo and group shows and taken part in art fairs, art festivals and artist residencies.

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 Hertfordshire, UK before moving to London for 15 years, where she started her artist practice four years ago. She now lives in Margate, Kent and works from her studio at home.  

EXHIBITION HISTORY 
2020 - 21
Forging the Self, 4-artist exhibition about the body, The Koppel Project, Soho, London, 2nd December 2020 - 12th February 2021
A Symphony of Salt, second sound artwork made with Sarah Daly & Matthew Mole (Scanners) release - on vinyl and Soundcloud, 5th November
 
Shirt Notice, fundraiser for People Dem Collective's Cultural Centre in Margate, Sept
 
Clap for the NHS Project, projected on to Angel of the North by Antony Gormley and other buildings all around the UK, curated by Ian Berry - Apr/May
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