What It Means To Be A Woman Series

I struggle with the notion of what a woman is. My work explores what it means to be a woman and the struggle to understand all that entails. I create large intimate paintings inspired by images and content that women have submitted and from selfies that my daughter has taken. I also create public art installations and video from public engagement projects.

Motherhood opened a world within me that is both painful and empowering. Causing me to reevaluate the roles I have resisted and submitted to, and how I see myself as a woman.

Using my daughters’ selfies, I am able to capture the complexity of the mother/daughter relationship. Experiencing my daughter’s adolescence has awoken memories, causing a deep reflection on how our childhood shapes us as women, and the role vulnerability plays in our development.

Working with content that people have submitted allows me to step back and see a broader view of the female experience. I use social media as a communal aspect of my process that takes me out of the isolation of my studio and expands my understanding of women outside of my own experiences.

For more information about my work or to inquire about a particular piece please email.

“Unraveling”

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60″, 2020

Over time, her environment has informed what she should look like, act like, and want. At the time of her becoming, she discovers she must unravel, pick apart, and separate her relationship with the natural world from everything else that has led her astray. 

One of the most challenging paintings I’ve done recently. This puzzle took almost two years to solve. 

Images seen here were submitted by Kim Stewart and Nicole Weaver.

“She Remembers Everything”

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60″, 2020

“Finding Another Way”

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60″, 2020

Looking at the way girls and women challenge the barriers they face. From discrimination to lack of resources, women have a long history of making shit happen regardless of being told they can’t. Strong, resilient, and wise, women will find ways around systems that hold them back.

Images seen here were submitted by Adrienne, Carolyn Crist Wright, and Be Boggs.

“Untitled”

Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48″, 2020

More information coming soon

“Innocence as a Privilege”

Acrylic on canvas, 55 x 55″, 2019

Remembering feelings of profound loss as the adult world begins pushing itself at her while she is still in the fog of her juvenescence.
Now, she questions her innocence? Will she have the right to choose?
How will the pace of her maturity affect her longterm development?

“Repurposing Shame”

Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36″, 2020

Examining the shame that she held at an early age and remembering the wisdom she once had but ignored. In the observation of her knowing she can reimagine what was once shame, is now empowered knowledge.

“Intuition by Definition”

Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 12″, 2020

“Holding”

Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48″, 2020

As mothers, women are often the first step in a child’s mental health care, making her a critical partner in the mental health of future generations. The figure crouches to hold herself, in a moment of solitude, she seeks to restore her own emotional and spiritual center amidst the chaos surrounding her. The background is patched together, recognizing the deep work women must do within, to care for themselves and others.

The painting was inspired by a photograph by Dana Divird Stevens of Carolyn Crist Wright | submitted to the HER Project

“She Finds Her Way”

Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24″, 2020

Experiencing a daughter’s adolescence will awake memories, causing a deep reflection on how childhood shapes us as women, and the role vulnerability plays in our development. An intense relationship between drawing a daughter close and letting her go, allowing her to have her own becoming.

“Focusing On Possibility”

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24″2019

“Taking On The World With All That I Am ”

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36″, 2019

Navigating the world with blind ambition, struggling for self-esteem that is challenged by other girls her age. Admittedly, I am feeling the same these days, only for different reasons.

“Coming of Age”

Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″, 2019

Transitioning from being a child to being an adult. It continues through the teenage years of life. The specific age at which this transition takes place varies between societies, as does the nature of the change. – Wikipedia

Women by Ruth Chase

“Women: Independence, Interdependence”

Acrylic, thread, cotton yarn on cardboard with video, 24 x 48″, 2020

A meditation on how pain is stored in the female body. With phrases like I am afraid to be vulnerable, I am not lovable, and childhood fear taught me not to trust. Phrases were written on each disc, and used to create the breast element in the work. Within the work, there are references to gender dysphoria, menses as independence and interdependence, and the female body as being in service.

“Women: Independence, Interdependence”

Video that accompanies the above painting

“Introvert”

Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48″, 2019

Out of all the personality traits that have been studied, introversion / extroversion is one of the most strongly hereditary ones. Being introverted may create additional challenges for girls at a time when they are most vulnerable.

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“Never Forget Where You Come From, Always Remember Where You’re Going”

Acrylic on canvas, 48 × 48″, 2016 – Detail

This painting is part of the West of Lincoln Project. Ruth worked in collaboration with Leonard to capture his painful story that communicates wisdom found in his roots growing up in Venice, CA. 

“Where Do We Go From Here”

Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48″, 2018

An interpretation of a photo from 1967: Shelly Covert being held by Grandpa Ralph, her mother Ginger (Virginia) Lee Rose-Covert and her father. ‘Nisem humwa’a’ is Nisenan for > my family is from my heart or, my heart is drawn to my family (exact translation is difficult).

Completed with permission from the Covert family, this painting expresses the significance of indigenous people to a their community. How the American dream has played a roll in their development as a tribe externally and internally. This painting is a gift to the Covert family.

“Second Chance”

Acrylic on canvas,  36 × 36″,  2016

This painting is part of the West of Lincoln Project. The content of this painting came from working closely with Eddie for several months on the phone and through texts, making sure the details reflected his valuable life wisdom.

“Place Of Strength”

Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″, 2016

Painted in collaboration with Gloria Omar capturing her unique point of view while dealing with delicate subject matter. This is one of 12 paintings from the West of Lincoln Project.

“Not Just Me Anymore”

Acrylic on canvas, 36 × 36″, 2016

Painted in collaboration with Fernando Manzanilla. The painting reflects a portion of “Fern’s” life story and the wisdom he has as a result of the struggles he faced  growing up in Venice, CA. This painting is part of the West of Lincoln Project. The content of this painting came from working closely with Fern for three months, making sure the details reflected his valuable life wisdom.

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