Statement

 

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

Education

2017

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

1985

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

Group Exhibitions

2020

Out of Isolation - Galleries Kent, Canterbury

Island off an island - Ramsgate Festival of Sound

2019

Siren of the Downs - Ramsgate Festival of Sound

Voyaging - Meridian 5.41, Ramsgate

Actants - The Beaney, Canterbury

10 - Lombard Street Gallery, Margate

2018

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

2017

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

2016

Middle Six - Brewery Tap, Folkestone

Littoral Light 1 - The Beach, Ramsgate

All Earthly Existence - Whitstable Biennale Satellite

2014

Open Call - Updown Gallery, Ramsgate

Monkey House Gallery - Ramsgate

Solo Exhibitions

2019

The Shroud - Meridian 5.41, Ramsgate

2016

East Kent Open Studios, Ramsgate

Thanet Open Studios, Ramsgate

2015

East Kent Open Studios, Ramsgate

Thanet Open Studios, Ramsgate

York Street Gallery, Ramsgate

Awards and Grants

2019

Calligraphy workshops for the over 50’s

2017 - 18

Artist in Residence UCA Canterbury

2016

Residency - Kings Wood, Ashford

2009 - 10

Creative Practitioner

2008

RHS Level II Certificate in Horticulture

Publications

2020

Sonic Boom Journal Issue 17 USA

National Poetry Month Angel Press USA

2016

Zoomoozophone Review Issue 8 - USA

2015

National Poetry Month Angel Press USA 2015