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

http://www.ruthginsberg-place.com

 

Although I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and was shaped by my neighborhood, and later Greenwich Village where I lived as a young adult, more recently I’ve made Boston and Brookline my home. After living in New York and before coming to New England, I received my MFA at Syracuse University. On graduating, I was hired on the Art Faculty at Southern Illinois University to develop and expand the Fiber Arts area. In those years my medium comprised contemporary tapestries and fiber sculptures.
Upon moving to Boston, I taught part-time at Wheelock College and the Wentworth Institute, while working in my studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. For the past several years I‘ve concentrated on photography, and woodcut and monotype printmaking. My subject matter has been based largely on trees and nature forms, as it was when I was a fiber artist. I’ve exhibited work in group and solo exhibitions and have enjoyed residencies at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Acadia National Park. My work is included in a number of collections – among them, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Boston Pubic Library, Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, the Federal Reserve Bank of Memphis and the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering.
 
STATEMENT
Whether in photography, printmaking or artist books, my images are derived from plant and trees, observed and imagined. I’ve also used personal and political themes in my work. I often create suites of related images that enhance one another. By abstracting, simplifying or elaborating upon these forms I can better express their essential nature.
In printmaking I like to layer one form on top of another and build up colors using transparent inks to create depth, light and richness. Printmaking is open to endless variations.
In photography I’m attracted to landscapes or waterscapes where extreme color or unusual atmospheric conditions exist. I’ll wait minutes, hours or days, observing shifting color and light, then capture the moment with my camera.
Creating unique artist books or small editions offers me an ideal way to sequence ideas and images. This approach allows observers to move back and forth at their own pace, while enjoying a tactile as well as visual experience.
All my work reflects my early background as a painter and a fiber artist. My experiences during those years continue to influence how I break up space into smalls units, use overall patterns, respond to texture and touch, and think about the architectural buildup of surfaces.