the time project
Ruth Ginsberg-Place
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2013 My project was to work in series comprised of related images of the same size and dimensions. Each image can stand-alone but is enriched by being part of a suite whose arrangement can vary. The watercolors, “Geometrics”, the woodcut mural “Branches” and the ink drawings, “Salt” are part of the year’s work.
square 4D from mural square 5B from mural square 6D from mural branches mural: woodblocks

This year was spent creating one-of-a-kind artist books including political and social subjects, a biography of a tree and reminiscences about my aunt and mother via swimming pool imagery. These books combine techniques of collage, painting and photography.

Al-Mutannabi Flo & Alice
Al0-Mutannabi inside
a firey end
2011 In late summer at Cape Cod Bay I photographed the sand and water patterns created by the early evening ebb tides. To my surprise I became fascinated by the body gestures of people and groups of people silhouetted against the horizon at sunset that then became the subject of my images.
parade of people, ebbtide women and dog, ebbtide two women, dusk, ebbtide figures with kite, ebbtide
2010 During a month long residency in Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula I took close-up photographs of ocean tidal pools and the hidden corners of the boreal forest in northern Maine. The images were edited and printed and were accompanied by my daily journal entries.
moss, schoodic barnacles, schoodic abstract, schoodic rockweed and balsat, schoodic

In my teen and college years I studied painting and drawing, then, early in my art career, I moved into creating fiber sculptures and tapestry. While I was in my MFA program an exciting experimental movement in Fiber Arts had catapulted into the public eye with an astounding exhibit of sculptures and reliefs at MOMA in New York. The effect on me was electrifying and I knew I would pursue this art form. For sixteen years I worked in this medium and became known through exhibitions, teaching and commissions. I became a tenured professor in the Art Department of Southern Illinois University where I developed the area of Fiber Arts. My years of working with yarns and fiber-like materials, constructing two and three dimensional work through the architectural process of weaving and other fiber techniques has deeply affected all the work I have done since. Currently my mediums are woodblock & monotype printmaking, artists’ books and photography. The woodblock prints and monotypes reflect my joy in using my hands and manipulating materials that I first discovered as a tapestry artist. I love the physical act of cutting an image into the wood matrix from which the print will emerge, then in the printing, pressing the ink into the paper so the two join to become one. As in my prints, my early years as a fiber artist are reflected in my books and photographs, by the breaking up of visual space into small units, using overall patterning and layering of colors and working in a semi-abstract mode. As with my fiber art, I enjoy working in diptychs and suites of related images, making each individual artwork richer in the context of the whole.

Ruth Ginsberg-Place, printmaker, book artist and photographer is a native New Yorker who now considers Brookline her hometown. Ruth’s work is in collections at Johns Hopkins University, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Standard Club of Detroit, Fidelity Investments, The Boston Public Library, and other sites. Of her most recent one-person exhibitions, one was at Brookline Town Hall: “Latitudes North & South”, photographic images of vegetation in northern Maine and southern Florida along Route 1. The other one-person show was at the New England Institute of Art: “Wanderings on the Schoodic Peninsula”, photographs from Maine created during a three-week residency in Acadia National Park. Ruth has taught art in Illinois and in Boston, has had residencies in Maine and at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, works in her studio at the Boston Center for the Arts and is an enthusiastic member of the Time Project.