In Ways Of Seeing, John Berger wrote, "The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe."
Coinciding with a TEDx talk Ruth Fox gave in Nov '18, How to Rebel Against Body Image Idealism, this new series of works for Ruth’s next London solo show explores how we see the body, both as a whole; translated through the figurative and in relation to the concept of body image, and in sections or fragments, close up and without a mirror; translated through the abstract and magnified lines, shapes and contours of the body.
LIVE PORTRAIT SESSIONS: Ruth will also be drawing live portraits of a variety of people and anyone visiting the show who would like to sit for a portrait, from 4th - 6th April between 12-9pm, as part of a project that promotes diversity in physical appearance.
Her portraits, which purposefully omit faces to fully engage the viewer in the body, are made with paint, oil pastel and embroidery thread on a variety of fabrics stretched over canvas. The application of these mediums in differing speeds is integral to her process, allowing her to investigate the interplay between the figurative and the abstract, and her representation of the human form versus her expression of the human form. There is both a sense of uniting and fighting between the lines and contours in her work. Such is the relationship our minds have with our bodies, as both seek paths to recognition and connection.
Ruth Fox studied at Central Saint Martins and Exeter University. She moved to Margate in May '18 and works from her studio at home. She has exhibited both in the UK and abroad and her TEDx talk is due to be published online this year.