551 Tremont Street – BCA Studio #303
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

ginsberg@rcn.com

http://www.ruthginsberg-place.com

 

After getting an MFA at Syracuse University, I got a tenured position in the Art Department at Southern Illinois University where I taught Fiber Art. This is the area I worked in for almost twenty years. On coming to Boston, I continued teaching part time at Wheelock and Wentworth Colleges and eventually shifted my mediums to printmaking and photography. When I began printmaking, I brought much of the same visual sensitivities tony work in woodcuts and monotypes. Photography is a medium I have worked in since my teenaged years although my early work was city life and portraits and my current tends to revolve around nature subjects. One of my favorite subjects in both photographs and monotype prints are plants in semi-tropical gardens. I seize upon a situation where extreme color or striking form presents itself, often in a mundane plant like a giant philodendron, the smaller version of which is a common houseplant. Observed in a dramatic light or unusual vantage point, plant and flower color might be transformed, thus intensifying the image. When I can capture this transformation in my photograph or print, observers may experience more deeply what is before them.