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Ruth Owens

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

I’m a figurative painter and video artist whose work expands the narrative around feminine and racial identity. Putting forth the concept that identity is fluid and open, my subjects cross boundaries that hold in fixed and static constructs. Revealing the complexity, nuances, and psychology of individual people of color, and I resist essential or stereotypical limits. I use myself and the intimacy of my family as models to assert the individualities, challenges, and unique perspectives of lives that are atypical by virtue of the standards and narrow vision prevalent in the world.
Much of the imagery in my paintings and videos is culled from footage found in my family’s super-8 film archive from the 1960’s and 1970’s, therefore imparting an intimate, gestural, and cinematic impression. The influence of this archive also makes my work a psychological exploration of personal memory with regards to family dynamics and relationships.

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