Text and characters depicting words give us security and understanding. Yet our thoughts are secret, invisible and are not meant to be seen. Ruth’s work reflects this. Visualising a cacophony of shapes derived from letters, she considers the process of thought and echoes the conflict between thinking and what is said or written down. By means of sculptural, pictorial and handwritten letter shapes, she explores cultural and personal thought, manipulating the textuality of letter shapes using gesture and corporeal representation. These shapes can be ambiguous, obfuscated, palimpsestual and illegible.

Employing various methods, materials and mediums, Ruth subjugates words and letter shapes expressing a foray into the analysis of type, text and the concept of thought. The limitless possibilities within her practice draw a continued exploration of this anomaly of conjoining text and thought.

totem and scattered words



Master of Arts Fine Art
University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury


Batchelor of Art Graphic Design
Leicester Polytechnic (now known as De Montfort University)

Group Exhibitions


Out of Isolation - Galleries Kent, Canterbury

Island off an island - Ramsgate Festival of Sound


Siren of the Downs - Ramsgate Festival of Sound

Voyaging - Meridian 5.41, Ramsgate

Actants - The Beaney, Canterbury

10 - Lombard Street Gallery, Margate


Tide Sine - Ramsgate Festival of Sound

Exit to Leopold Street - Folkestone

‘Of The River and Other Stories’, Powerful Tides: 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea, - The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

The Anxiety of Time - Strange Cargo, Folkestone

Succumbing Transience - Pie Factory, Margate

Different Voices - Crate and Turner Contemporary, Margate

Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ - Turner Contemporary, Margate

Impronta Print Fair - Folkestone


Littoral Light II - The Beach, Ramsgate

Voices - Beach Creative, Herne Bay

24 Hour Film Challenge - Strange Love Festival, Folkestone

Secret Auction - The Acland Burghley School Trust, London


Middle Six - Brewery Tap, Folkestone

Littoral Light 1 - The Beach, Ramsgate

All Earthly Existence - Whitstable Biennale Satellite


Open Call - Updown Gallery, Ramsgate

Monkey House Gallery - Ramsgate

Solo Exhibitions


The Shroud - Meridian 5.41, Ramsgate


East Kent Open Studios, Ramsgate

Thanet Open Studios, Ramsgate


East Kent Open Studios, Ramsgate

Thanet Open Studios, Ramsgate

York Street Gallery, Ramsgate

Awards and Grants


Calligraphy workshops for the over 50’s

2017 - 18

Artist in Residence UCA Canterbury


Residency - Kings Wood, Ashford

2009 - 10

Creative Practitioner


RHS Level II Certificate in Horticulture



Sonic Boom Journal Issue 17 USA

National Poetry Month Angel Press USA


Zoomoozophone Review Issue 8 - USA


National Poetry Month Angel Press USA 2015