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Artist
Artist Statement:
"My art is an activistic tool for reframing how we perceive our bodies and physical identities. My work explores new ways of seeing, understanding and connecting with the body, from the viewpoint of the body as a home which we inhabit. I also look at our bodies' connection to Nature, as a species, and the body at the service of the mind, affected and consumed by our Man Made World at a pivotal moment in time - when the threat of climate change and human extinction requires us to test our most primal instincts, such as survival, fear and the desire to reproduce.  
 
My body portraits in particular, are a playground, and sometimes a battleground, for abstract and figurative art processes to play, meet, destroy or seduce one another. Much like one's ego can dance with or harm one's self."

About

Multi-disciplinary artist, Ruth Fox explores new ways of seeing and understanding the body through the interplay of abstract and figurative art processes. Her mixed media works employ a self-formulated layering technique involving paint, oil pastel and embroidery thread on textiles, dissecting for the viewer what we actually see but rarely look at - fragmented parts 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 along the way.  

Ruth's work addresses the body as a home, both familiar and foreign, and a space we permanently inhabit yet often omit the care and time  to experience.  Our minds often have a disruptive, sometimes harmonious, but also antagonistic relationship with our bodies. She also explores 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, such as the touch of skin, the breath and the heartbeat, with her latest work honouring the body's release of pain through (the sound of) tears. The sounds are used as instruments to create compositions with collaborative composers and musicians,  that investigate the fluid interchange of unity and conflict between mind and body.  

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

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

Exhibition History
 
FUTURE
4 artist exhibition about the body, The Koppel Project, Soho, London, April 2020
THE FIGHT, Performance & campaign, Margate/London, 2020
A Symphony of Salt, sound artwork release on vinyl, Margate/London 2020
PAST
2019
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, 4th - 6th Apr
POW Festival, Thanet: WOMB ROOMS for Empower - group show, Pie Factory, Margate, 8th - 17th Mar 
POW Festival, Thanet: EXSOLVO film and performance, with The JAM Network and The Natashas Project for Empower, group show, Pie Factory, Margate, 8th - 17th Mar
How You See Me, How You Don't - solo show, Pie Factory, Margate, 8th - 13th 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 (group exhibition)
EDUCATION
Ruth Fox trained at Central Saint Martins before going on to Exeter University to gain a degree in English and Cultural Studies