Ruth Marshall hand knits pelts of exotic endangered animals. Each of her one-of-a-kind textiles represents an individual animal she researches at various institutions.
Ruth was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. With a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York City, she joined the Wildlife Conservation Society / Bronx Zoo in 1995 and worked there for fourteen years as an exhibit sculptor.
Her work has been covered in the press and exhibited at museums including MASS Art in Boston, Museum of Arts & Design in NYC, and the National Wool Museum in Geelong, Australia. Articles and books include The New York Times, VOGUE Knitting, and Surface Design Magazine, “Textiles: The Art of Mankind”, by Mary Schoeser, Thames & Hudson 2012, and her own book, “Vanished into Stitches”, available on Amazon. Recent exhibitions (2013-2014), include Montsalvat - Center for the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, the Australian Consulate in New York City, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Arsenal - Central Park, New York City. Three Bronx council of the Arts BRIO awards and residencies including Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MAD Museum open studios and Wave Hill Cultural Center in the Bronx.
Ruth currently resides in the Bronx, New York City where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts. She holds regular workshops and lectures about her art. www.ruthmarshall.com
Click on the images below to view Ruth Marshall's artwork available for sale at this year's show.
Tasmanian Tiger with Lomatia Tasmanica
My artwork explores the creative possibility of textiles through crochet and knitting, with an emphasis on bringing these crafts to a fine art level of excellence. Through my investigations of the expressive qualities of yarn, I am interested in constructing dialogues that are accessible to a wide audience. Yarn has a benign aspect and a history of domestic utility, but has the ability to demonstrate connections to socio-political contexts. For instance, my lifelike knitted representations of animal pelts directly describe the harm of hunting endangered animals, and the beauty that is lost in an already extinct species. Exhibited as one of a kind artworks, connotations of knitting in a domestic context are subverted and aspects of environmental conservation are explored.
My recent efforts in art making with members of the community enables community nurturing to exist outside of the world of private nurturing that domestic crafts usually inhabit. I am invigorated to continue these practices and to learn new skills to demonstrate the extent of expression possible in creative fiber structures.