Based in Kent, Ruth Geldard spent many years as a painter, exhibiting in commercial galleries in London and the South East. Recent postgraduate study at UCA Canterbury saw a move away from painting into sculpture and installation. Taxidermy, hair and ready-made objects are often used with: wood, resin, plaster, wax, paper and textiles. Speculation about performance of the feminine is a persistent theme.
Curiosity regarding the possibility of a feminine sensibility to materials and evidence in my own practice of certain behaviours revealed in the process began the research. Recognition of this feminine sensibility within the selection, handling and manipulation of objects and materials, continues to drive the practice.
Physical experimentation into the nature and behaviour of materials and processes, affords a naturally rich, cognitive space in which ideas can be tempered. Whilst stressing the materiality of the work, it is the behavioural processes that define it rather than the end product, making necessary a multimedia as well as mixed media categorisation.
To touch/caress/feel To mould To embed To repair To heal To nourish To nurture To cleanse To conserve To polish To secrete To arrange To beautify To ritualise To disguise To Give …Read More