July 2021 - Ruth Ross with guest artist Kathryn Cellerini Moore
In Self/Conscious, Ruth Ross presents an exhibit of layered textile prints that use the so-called "feminine arts" of sewing and embroidery, along with printmaking techniques such as monotype and cyanotype, to explore the history of textile arts and her personal history. Guest artist Kathryn Cellerini Moore offers an exhibit in diverse media entitled "Matter Splatter Spectrum Scatter," which represents a call to mindfulness and reflection on the environment and which counters the simplistic dichotomies of the current political climate by suggesting our connectedness to one another, the macroscopic, through microscopic images.
Ruth Ross, whose art practices began at Parsons School of Design in painting, printmaking, and photography, has returned to those roots after careers in graphic design and publishing. Ross is fascinated by the remnants of history she finds in old tattered fabric and stained lace, aprons and undergarments. She strives to incorporate those histories into her own history through printing and layering her personal symbols on textiles using monotype, cyanotype, embroidery, and embellishment.
"I am now 78 years old," says Ross. "The drama of my younger self, making an appearance, either personal or product, is no longer my drama. My drama is in my interaction with what is in me, hidden in my psyche, hidden in my memory." She identifies the seeds of this show in the cataract surgery she had around New Year's. Until the surgery, she says, she had tolerated an aging face behind her huge red eyeglasses, which were her mask, her makeup, and her public self. Several weeks post-surgery Ross turned her camera on herself, as unflinchingly as she could, she says, "hiding my face behind my hand, or with a coy cloth covering my eyes. With those small obscurations, I could begin to emotionally adorn myself. From my stash of personal symbols, I started to create a dialogue between my psyche and my countenance."
After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York with a degree in Graphic Design, Ruth Ross continued to paint throughout her career as a graphic designer. As an Art Director at Random House Publishing, where she worked for 18 years, she honed her visual skills as applied to the world of publishing by designing book covers, and honed her people skills by interacting with multitudes of publishing professionals. In 2000 she left New York and moved to Portland, where she devoted herself to designing and making one-of-a-kind jewelry. She learned metal-smithing and was able to combine her love of found objects with silver, creating a body of work she exhibited In New York City at Julie Artisans' Gallery and in Portland at Widney Moore Gallery. She has since exhibited her
painting, printmaking, and photography at Gallery 114, Artists Repertory Theatre, Bike Studio, and the Multnomah Art Center.
Interdisciplinary artist and guest of Gallery 114, Kathryn Cellerini Moore offers "Matter Splatter Spectrum Scatter." Moore describes her exhibit as a smattering of macroscopic and microscopic worlds, adding, "It's a call for mindfulness about the spaces we inhabits and affect. It's also an invitation to reflect upon elements in the environment, such as light energy, that may be absent from sight or mind yet are absolutely magnificent in presence and impact." She presents all new work, including videos, sound, mixed-media sculpture, and paintings in a show that reflects her training in both the arts and sciences.
Moore's diverse artwork has appeared in the "Month of Performance Art" in Berlin, Germany; the "Does Live Art Have to Be Experienced Live?" performance at SOIL Gallery in Seattle; and the experimental performance event, "Collective Becoming: Expressions of Love, Freedom and Resistance" at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. During the pandemic Moore has exhibited widely online in the UK and the US. She presented her research at the first Mokuhanga Conference (on woodcut printmaking) in Kyoto and Awaji, Japan, and was an artist-in-residence at PLAYA Summer Lake, TEDx and Djerassi Artist Residency Program, for which she received a Ford Family Foundation Grant. Moore is a member of the Oregon Art Commission's Art in Public Places artist roster.
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