Approved: 10.01.2013

Ruth Brenner

Artist, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 10.01.2013

Brenner’s practice is intuitive based on material exploration and the bodily, both physical and mental, act of making.  The influences of corporeality are central to her practice as the work has a direct relationship to her bodily dimensions; physical ability; sensory awareness and her relationship with the material.  Making is, therefore, inextricably linked with the outcome which is a visual record of cognitive processes.  The study of matter touches on natural science by exploring the nature of materials through observation and experimentation.  Intervention through decomposition or experimenting with material stability is an attempt to have control, but the action of breaking the materials down allows the object an autonomy that renders the artist ‘out of control’.

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    Biography

    Brenner’s practice is intuitive based on material exploration and the bodily, both physical and mental, act of making.  The influences of corporeality are central to her practice as the work has a direct relationship to her bodily dimensions; physical ability; sensory awareness and her relationship with the material.  Making is, therefore, inextricably linked with the outcome which is a visual record of cognitive processes.  The study of matter touches on natural science by exploring the nature of materials through observation and experimentation.  Intervention through decomposition or experimenting with material stability is an attempt to have control, but the action of breaking the materials down allows the object an autonomy that renders the artist ‘out of control’.

    Brenner’s work explores ritual - ritual as process and the ritual object.  She is interested how we fetishize and amorphize objects.  By creating works that pose questions regarding their meaning or function she attempts to create a visual language that explores the relationship between process, maker and viewer.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    Present  Practice led PhD, University of Sunderland.

    2017      MA Ceramics, University of Sunderland, Sunderland

    2012      Master of Fine Art, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    2010      Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

     

    Awards

    2013      RBS Bursary Awards 2013, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

    2010      Paul Mason Sculpture Prize 2009/10, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

     

    Group exhibitions

    2018      Light Embodied, Pembroke College JCR Art Gallery, Oxford.

    2018      Condenser (currently showing at), The Elemental Sculpture Park, Cirencester.

    2018      Incognito, The Old Biscuit Factory, London.

    2017      Materiality Exhibition, Holy Island, Berwick (Residency and Exhibition).

    2017      We’ar 2017, MA Glass and Ceramics, National Glass Centre, Sunderland.

    2016     Through a Glass Darkly, Research project between Durham and Sunderland Universities.

    2016     Reflections – Glass: Water: Art: Science, Haining, Scotland (Residency and Exhibition).

    2015     The Nature of Things (Solo Exhibition), Newcastle Art Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    2015     The Nature of Things (Amber Rosin – Experiment) (Solo Exhibition), 55-57 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne (Residency and Exhibition).

    2013      RBS Bursary Awards Exhibition 2013, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

    2013      WAC 2013 Exhibition, Wells, Sommerset.           

    2013      Terra Incognita, presented by MIMA Emerging Curators, ARC, Stockton.

    2012      Connecting Principles, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    2012      Master of Fine Art 2012, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    2012      MA & Other Post Graduates 2012, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.

    2012      MFA Interim Exhibition, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    2011      MA & Other Post Graduates 2011, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.

    2011      Processing the Middle, The Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    2010      Fresh Art Exhibition, Galleries Inc., Central Square North, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    2010      Free Range 2010, The Old Truman Brewery, London.

    2010      Fine Art Degree Show, Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    2010      Fine Art Degree Show, Squires Annex, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.