Ruth Crothers is the artist behind @ruth_prints on Instagram. Ruth’s art style is bold, colourful, and maximalist. Recently she was involved in an artist takeover of The Vault Artist Studio Instagram account, she also teaches Textile Print part time at Ulster University and creates licensed artworks remotely for a textiles studio based in New York. Ruth spoke to The Jumble Magazine about her art style, breathing colour, and her constant need to create.
I would describe my art as centering around colour that B R E A T H E S…
Living a colourful life is one that has a full spectrum of colours, ups and downs, bad and good, dark and light, for me colour is a living thing- hence -it breathes.
I have found myself in a position where I can’t not create. Creating is honestly vital. I have to do it and I don’t think I could survive without it. Painting has become my personal form of meditation, when I can’t paint I feel really frustrated. This urge to feel happy and peaceful drives me to create. Luckily I don’t seem to have a shortage of inspiration, it comes from anything and everything. I keep notes on my phone and use the camera to take quick snaps of things when I see them. I love reading about art and design and I’m desperate to get back to seeing exhibitions soon. Music is also super important, not a day goes by without me listening to something and I always listen whilst painting…. Oh to see a live performance again!
I like trying things out and experimenting with new techniques, it means I don’t ever get bored creating and I think this has helped my style evolve and become quite versatile. I believe my art could work in many different applications. The thing that tends to unite it is always maximalist colour and pattern with a sense of humour.
My work feels very representative of who I am. I’m generally very happy and open. I feel comfortable in myself so I don’t mind sharing. I’m not perfect but that’s ok! I guess to me it just feels honest, it reflects all of those characteristics. There’s pressure to post on social media for many artists but I feel confident that even if we didn’t have that, I’d still be creating. Truthfully, creativity is just a way of life for me.
The past year of Lock downs has actually been ok for me. My work had a strong textile screen-print focus prior to the pandemic but back then I didn’t have access to my equipment, so I just began painting from my kitchen table instead. I completely rediscovered this during the first lockdown and now I’m hooked. Generally I’ve been ok- but I just miss going out and seeing people.
The best thing about the local art scene is the accessibility of it, I think it would be much harder in a larger city to even get your foot in the door but here it’s definitely much easier to make connections. People are especially
friendly, welcoming and supportive which is a blessing. Big shout out to my art fam @vaultartistsni
Ruth is Currently working on a piece around the theme of loneliness for an online exhibition for the NI Mental Health Arts Festival which runs from the 11th to the 16th May coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week which will be available on nimhaf.org.