"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."
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.