Lauren Ruth is a multidisciplinary artist whose sculpture and performance works engage issues social ritual, participation, and the body. Ruth has exhibited at venues including the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the Delaware Contemporary, and Root Division in San Francisco. Ruth’s artistic collaboration, The Shaft, has performed across the country at venues including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, and the Koban Project in Baltimore. Ruth holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College. Ruth lives and works in Chico, CA and is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the California State University, Chico.
Ruth’s interactive sculptures and installations playfully engage public audiences in an intimate moment.
Enhancing the scale of sensory organs and body parts, her work amplifies our connection with what is innately human. By considering the body as both subject and object, Ruth’s work speaks to issues of connection, communication, and miscommunication.
Long Runs and Wide Receivers is a sculptural installation that immerses viewers in silent yet graphic references to language, communication, and miscommunication. Disembodied tongues hang mute like trophy banners in a high school gym while ears resembling advertising flags at a used car sale trade solicitations for receptive listening. The work invites viewers to commune with tools for communication and move into a more metaphysical and contemplative space.
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