Ruth's solo art career was launched following twenty years of
professional prop management and building for theatre and film.
Thorough grounding in all aspects of creation, fabrication and
presentation was an invaluable apprenticeship. Competency
with a variety of mediums allows Ruth immense sculptural freedom.
Given the impermanent nature of performance properties, stainless steel
and bronze were the initial materials of choice. Well versed in figurative
sculpture and detailed character observation, Ruth has enjoyed numerous
portrait commissions, large and small, public and private. The success of
these portraits is rooted in capturing individual animation, body language
and facial expression. In short, creating a 'moment', as well as a likeness.
Ruth was the first Canadian exhibitor selected for inclusion by Sculpture-
by-the-Sea 2005, in Sydney, Australia where she received a bursary from
the Canadian Consulate.
Other pieces are in private collections in England, France, Italy and Australia.
Beyond portraiture, Ruth's interests lie in public installation and creating art for personal landscapes on a large scale. In the public venue, Ruth explores the element of encounter, attempting to create works with broad appeal without sacrificing content. Her current studio work examines the 'emotional architecture' of human interaction, connection and intention.
Each of my sculptures involves pivotal connections between concepts and tangible forms.
My non-figurative sculptures evolve from ideas on human plasticity; the invisible issues that demand consideration and debate. I resolve visual and behavioral patterns through an understanding of human nature. Specifically with portraiture, my goal is to incorporate
the element of time. My method of sculpting figures life size, relies on exact mapping of the subject's composition to capture both a likeness and a particular moment. Sculpting literal portraits is an engaging, personal and abstracted process of rendering human forms
and particular fabrics over a very specific anatomy.
Finalist, Infinity Online Gallery, Political/Social Art Exhibition, 2011
Oeno Sculpture Garden, Prince Edward County, 2011
Vision Gallery, Chandler, Arizona, 2009
Mount Carmel Arts Centre, Niagara Falls, ON, 2008
Montalto Sculpture, Victoria, Australia, 2008
KWAG 3rd Biennial, Waterloo, ON, 2007
Short-List Finalist, Beijing Olympic Sculpture Competition, 2008
Sculpture in Context - Dublin, Ireland, 2007
Vision Gallery - Chandler, AZ, 2007
Scratch Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2007
Gallery 96, Stratford, ON, 2007
Metalurge, Toronto, ON, 2006
Casaurina Sculpture Walk, Brisbane, Australia, 2006
‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Cottlesloe Exhibition, Perth,Australia, 2005