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Artist Spotlight / Ruby Tingle
I mainly work with collage or photomontage- all my images are created by hand using books, magazines or images I manipulate via paint, photocopying, layering etc. I find I naturally create dark, surreal landscapes and dream like situations, I tend to appear myself in a lot of my work as a character amongst creatures I have invented or tried to represent; the collages act as a vicarious existence for me where I can experience things that aren't possible in day to day life.
My work is inspired mainly by folklore and story telling- I like to normalise fantastical ideas from history and mythology and vice versa. I also take from natural history, cryptozoology, science- themes such as metamorphosis and transformations, hybridisation and the unknown are always present in my work. Personal psychology and dreams are also important to my practice, as is the work of other artists, in particular the female surrealists, also film, literature, music- anything I can take from and form something unique.
At the moment I am pushing my collages to the next level and planning to interpret them as performances- I want to bring my imagery to life, literally, and am excited to translate my ideas three dimensionally, to create almost 'living paintings'. My practice as a whole also involves music, which my collages work in a cyclic pattern with, one inspires the other and so on, hopefully this will continue and become one with my experiments in performance art. Really I'd just like to keep exhibiting, performing and producing work- illustrating a book at some point would be exciting and becoming involved in collaborative projects with other artists and musicians which I've started to do - I'm not interested in becoming a 'famous' artist, just a recognised one so I can make a living from doing what I love.
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