"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."
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.