Practice

 

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

Master of Arts Fine Art, 2017
University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

Batchelor of Art Graphic Design, 1985
Leicester Polytechnic (now known as De Montfort University)

 

Exhibitions

2019

Actants - UCA School of Fine Art Showcase, The Front Room, The Beaney, Canterbury

Shroud - The Meridian 5.41, Ramsgate, Kent

Siren of the Downs - Collaboration with Nick Page, Ramsgate Festival of Sound, Kent

Voyaging - Group Show, The Meridian 5.41, Ramsgate, Kent

10 - Lombard Street Gallery, Margate, Kent

2018

Impronta - International Print & Illustration Fair, Brewery Tap, Folkestone, Kent

Follow Blue - curated by James Hutt-Dixon, throughout the city of Canterbury, Kent

Flat Pack - curated by Amy Owen, UCA, Canterbury, Kent

Tide Sine - collaboration with Nick Page, Ramsgate Festival of Sound, Ramsgate, Kent

The Anxiety of Time - curated by Gema de Castro Santos, Strange Cargo, Folkestone, Kent

Succumbing Transience - The Pie Factory, Margate, Kent

Of The River and Other Stories - supporting exhibition
Powerful Tides: 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent

Different Voices - Crate, Margate, Kent

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

2017

Littoral Light II - The Beach, Ramsgate, Kent

Voices - Beach Creative, Herne Bay, Kent

24 Hour Film Challenge - Strange Love Festival, Folkestone, Kent

Secret Auction - The Acland Burghley School Trust, Camden, London

2016

Middle Six - Brewery Tap, Folkestone, Kent

Thanet Open Studios - Ramsgate, Kent

All Earthly Existence - Whistable Biennale Satellite, Whistable, Kent

Littoral Light I - The Beach, Ramsgate, Kent

Residency - Kings Wood, Ashford, Kent

2015

Artists Open Houses - Ramsgate, Kent

2014

Open Art Exhibition - UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent

Thanet Open Houses - Ramsgate, Kent

Solo Exhibition - York Street Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent

2013

Open Art Exhibition - Monkey Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent

 

Publications

2015
Zoomoozophone Review, Issue 8 - USA
2015
National Poetry Month, February - Angel Press Publication, USA

 

Award

2017
Artist in Residence - University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Kent