Gabriela Ruiz: Full of Tears is the first solo museum exhibition of multidisciplinary artist and designer Gabriela Ruiz, also known as Leather Papi. Speculating on the mechanics of memory and the intersections of technology and emotion, Ruiz uses 3-D rendering, video mapping, and installation to investigate questions of the self. For this exhibition, Ruiz creates a digital self-portrait amidst an immersive gallery space incorporating sound and color. In a surrealist line of inquiry, Ruiz posits on the persistence of memory, automatism, and the self-conscious.
Ruiz is a self-taught artist whose practice blends diverse forms of creative expression, including sculpture, video, and social media platforms to self-fashioned costuming for performances and apparel design. Within her work, she creates vivid, monochromatic environments that function as installations, settings for performances, or as backdrops for fashion shoots. Her sculptures incorporate thrift store furniture pieces that are up-cycled with insulation foam and glossy paint, while her garments incorporate screen prints and embellished details. Ruiz also regularly collaborates with other artists and designers as a model.