Ruth Piper – visual artist/painter
For me the activity and form of painting has become a strategy for processing the concepts of climate & environmental change with the possibility of human extinction, and the rollercoaster emotions associated with these threats. I am aware of a deep physical relationship with the natural world that resonates within me on a daily basis, heightened by the increasing evidence of human destruction on a global scale.
Motivated by a need to capture the sensation of something that is known but at the same time completely unknown: I have followed a desire to transform simple and familiar surroundings into a mythology of place and belonging. Moving through my immediate environment capturing the moments between transition and transformation. Attempting to find some meaning in the peculiarities of my constructed reality. Revealing in the darkest moments, light and spiraling fresh shoots of life.
My recent paintings Emblems of Hope are located in the transitional mythological landscape between knowing and the unconscious, manifested as hidden corners of the natural world on the margins of post human occupation.