Inspired mostly by space operas and pop culture, Esther Ruiz’s work investigates and celebrates fictional landscapes and the objects residing in them. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Rhodes College in 2011 and has shown nationally including Odessa Art Space, Brooklyn Wayfarers, Vox Populi and most recently, Field Projects in New York City. She was born in Houston, Texas and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
About this work:
IMAGINED LANDSCAPES AND THEIR OBJECTS: “My work serves to physically commemorate and celebrate ideas, thoughts, words, instincts, feelings, passions, actions, secrets, fears, loves, hates, unknowns, curiosities, wonderments, knowledge, stupidities, explorations, events, emotions, places, spaces, and things that are drawn in my mind and stick long enough to share with you.
The imagery I work with is born out of exploring and researching fictional places imagined in my mind. Unconsciously accumulated impressions of the the tangible world amass and amalgamate in my mind. Once ruminated upon, the conglomerates exit in a filtered, minimal aesthetic that describe another place. These “places” express the uncharted depths of our creative mind and depict a dream-state unreachable in realtime. By making objects, these thoughts and ideas are commemorated and celebrated physically in space. The audience in turn, can disassemble each image or object, associating an aspect or quality with a known place or thing. Ultimately, my work exists as an effort to visually explain an emotional state of mind with mathematical acuteness.”
2013 Show #14:Trust in Me, Field Projects, New York City, New York
2012 VOX VIII, Curated by Ruba Katrib and Marlo Pascual, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2011 FOR, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, New York
2010 Cosmic Disasters: Artwork by Esther Ruiz and Maggie Exner, Odessa Art Space, Memphis, Tennessee