Donna Ruff

"What captures my attention as an artist are ordinary things, artifacts of lives lived and time passing: a folded newspaper, a mosaic tile, a frayed textile. I find visual patterns in these artifacts and recreate and expand upon them in a slow, deliberate process that replicates a sense of aging and imperfection through cutting, burning and layering the resulting works on paper. The paper I choose is essential to the result. I often work on pre-existing media such as newspaper and books, cutting away some of the content, but I also use handmade paper to contrast my drawing on pure white grounds. 
Reflective paints, metal leaf, and fragmented forms suggesting drapery and brocade impart to the works an opulence reminiscent of the Baroque. This richness, though, is belied by the ephemeral nature of the paper, a simple material whose malleability and strength nonetheless allows great versatility. The intricate visual patterns invite close inspection, revealing dense repetitive piercings."


Primary Discipline: Drawing & Sculpture
Miami, FL