FOREST WITHIN THE CONCRETE
Thread, Cotton, Tulle
Growing up in metropolitan cities, my experience of nature has been framed through urban environments. The nature I've grown up with resembles manicured parks of suburban neighborhoods, and "weeds" that slowly take over concrete roads through cracks and holes. Forest Within The Concrete maps all the "natural" areas surrounding my current home in Toronto, Canada and my previous home in Sydney, Australia. It reveals the limitations of my personal relationship with nature, and the restrictions that our urban world has imposed on green spaces as trees and grass are carved by roads and pavement - yet this is all we have when it comes to developing a connection to our natural world.
This project allowed me to examine the lens in which I developed my relationship with nature. I used tulle to create layers showing the segregation between greenspace and roads, while allowing them to overlap and integrate.
Ru's art practice started in high school in Sydney Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Art with a double major in Visual Arts and Architecture at the University of Toronto. As a part-time environmentalist, she went on to complete a Master's of Science in Sustainability management.
Nostalgia is a key theme is Ru's art practice as she draws from her experience growing up in Singapore, Australia, and now Canada. She is obsessed with how the ever growing past shapes the lens in which we view the future/present, and how our new present experiences changes the way we reflect on our past.
Ru has worked with a variety of mediums including sculpture, installation, performance art, digital media, and weaving; She is best known for her inflatable sculpture.