Lauren Ruth’s sculptures and installations playfully engage
public audiences in an intimate moment. By stretching the scale and scope of
familiar human anatomies, the work allows the body to take on new agency and
authority and playfully pushes the viewer toward a more participatory role. Large
tongue banners hang like flags of mute nations, oversized ears eavesdrop on visitors’
conversations, and hand-powered chocolate fountains encourage multi-sensory
interaction. Like a setting for an event that may or may not have occurred, the
work probes the interstitial space between body and autonomy, community and intimacy.
Ruth has exhibited her work nationally at venues including the Corcoran College of Art + Design; the Delaware Contemporary; Coop Gallery, Nashville; Root Division, San Francisco, and others. Ruth’s artistic collaboration, The Shaft, with Maiza Hixson has performed across the country at venues including the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Soap Factory, Minneapolis; The H.J. Miossi Gallery at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo; and the Koban Project, Baltimore. Ruth has attended artist residencies including ACRE Projects and Cannonball and has lectured widely on her work at venues including Cranbrook Academy of Art and The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Ruth holds a BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ruth lives and works in Chico, CA and is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the California State University, Chico.