Ruth is a visual artist based in East London, who's philosophy is:
"its ok to fail and its ok not to know all the answers."
After completing her BA (Hons) in Human Geography and Environmental Policy she embarked on a career in Information Technology where she worked within corporate environments for over 20 years in the field of IT Project Management.
In 2016 Ruth was faced with illness which lead her to take time out from work and it was during this time she managed to silence the chatter in her mind and provide herself with what she truly desired, creating art. She went on to complete a foundation in Art Therapy in Barcelona followed by a MA in Fine Arts.
"We tend to be experts at helping others, providing sound advise to our dear ones but when the mirror is presented in front of us it then becomes quite uncomfortable."
Born in East London to Guyanese parents, Ruth has always felt a strong connection with her surroundings and the importance of having a sense of belonging. Engaging with people of all backgrounds and walks of life is paramount, reminding her of the disparities which are evident in our communities. Having the opportunity to travel extensively and living and working in the Middle East for a number of years, Ruth has developed a sense of awareness in that:
"we as humans have a profound need for identity, space, a sense of belonging and a level of acceptance and appreciation irrespective of where we live."
I asked myself should I? A question which came from fear, fear of being exposed and vulnerable to the unknown. However it is often our fears become our strengths and the unknown becomes the bonds which we create.
Ruth is currently working with various organisations around mental health and childhood trauma.
“Creativity is a resistance to oppression: it is the refusal of victimhood and helplessness. Creating something new is an act of defiance in the face of destruction” (Marie Smith, 2002)
"Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again" (Gautama Buddha)
Art Number23 - Forces - London - March 2020
Wotisart - Featured Artist, Online Publication March 2020
Rethink Mental Health - Featured Artist, Online Publication July 2020
Marvelous Art Gallery – Istanbul – Online Exhibition May 2020