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Ruth Koelewyn is an emerging artist whose work ranges from jewelry objects to environments and installations. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009 and moved to the Scranton area in 2010. Ruth’s work is shown nationally and internationally. Most recently her jewelry was included in the Society of Arts and Crafts biennial exhibition From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry which showcases the top jewelry work in the United States.
In 2012 Ruth co-created The Pop Up Studio, a group of local artists making experiential art events. With this group she has been awarded several grants and produced sixteen original art events for Scranton. With the Pop Up Studio Ruth teaches a class for teens in the United Neighborhood Centers programs to learn to make their own Pop Up art events. Ruth also teaches Foundation Design in the School of Architecture at Marywood University, volunteers on the Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces committee, and curates exhibitions locally and nationally.
“My work examines the world of people’s relationships. We make meaning in our lives by connecting to others. I use my work to learn about how we make connections, why they last or not, and what gives them significance in our lives. My jewelry pieces are social objects, connecting people and revealing our ties to others. My installations create environments for people to examine a relationship or to connect to others in a new way.”
Ruth’s newest installation, The Space Between Us Is Not Distance, will be presented in the Suraci Gallery on Marywood University’s campus. Opening February 1, 2014 from 6-8 PM, the work in this solo exhibition creates a spatial model of a relationship between two bodies. It creates a place for viewers to examine the space defined by two people, a space created by their closeness. In reality this space is built by their shared experiences, exchanges, and attempts to know the other. It is constantly changing and developing; it is active. The installation compares physical sensations of distance, closeness, and separateness, which are analogous to the emotional sensations people might feel between one another.
“Jewelry lives in the dynamic world of our relationships. We use it to connect to groups of people as heirlooms, badges, gifts, and fashion. We use it also to change how we relate to ourselves. The Space Between Us Is Not Distance takes several steps away from the dynamic action, it transposes internal experiences outside the body. I hope that by translating the familiar workings of connection into a new kind of experience I and the viewer will gain a new perspective on our relationships.”
The Space Between Us Is Not Distance opens in the Suraci Gallery at the Shields Center for Visual Arts on Marywood University’s campus February 1 and runs until February 28, 2014. An artist’s reception will be held from 6-8 PM on February 1 and a gallery talk given by the artist will be on February 19 at 3 PM.
For more information visit: www.ruthkoelewyn.com
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