Brie Ruais

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, Suite 720

Brie Ruais makes sculptures and installations that straddle ceramics and conceptual art. She primarily works with the equivalent of her body weight in clay within a set of limitations to create situations where the material resists, challenges, and responds to her actions.

Using clay as a conduit to inscribe her gestures – kicking, punching, pulling, and raking – into its shape and surface, Ruais is interested in the tenuous and destructive relationship between the human, earthen body and the American southwest landscape.

Her work simultaneously looks inward towards primordial movement and outward towards the land, while centering on the traumatized body. Recalling Ana Mendieta, Richard Serra, action painting, and land art most immediately, her works also aim to explore a new form of conversation between the body and the earth.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.

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