Working across a range of mediums spanning digital and sculptural forms that culminate in installation contexts, Ariel Ruby’s practice explores a liquid relationship between once distinct polarities such as organic or synthetic, the beautiful and grotesque. Heavily saturated landscapes draw on a variety of objects and cultural references to generate portals into manipulated and enhanced realities, or unrealities. The experiences conjured may emulate similar feelings as sensuous experiences of “nature”, while strong notions of nostalgia and memory drawn from personal and collective experience aim to tell a unique story to any given viewer based on their own.
Andrew Harper writes for the Hobart Mercury in 2021 on exhibition ‘among stone and stars’ - “Ruby knows her peculiar medium well, and understands how to use it to really drag the viewer into the heart of her concerns. She makes lively, moving worlds that are filled with glittering items and images that just explode with narrative and rich emotional memory”.
Ariel completed an undergraduate in Visual communications at UTS in Sydney, before returning to her birthplace of Hobart to explore her Italian heritage while expanding an artistic practice. Graduating honours in Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania, she went on to become a founding member of studio and gallery space Good Grief Studios in Hobart. She has recently returned to NSW with the intention of delivering work to a broader audience while delving into research of previously unexplored topics with greater accessibility in preparation for a residency at Soulangh/Siao-long Cultural park in Taiwan in 2022.
Exhibitions & Prizes
Crystal Castes, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, NSW 2021.
Among stone and stars, Rosny Barn, TAS 2021.
York Botanic Art Prize, Gallery152, WA, 2020.
Arts in the vallery, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, 2020.
Flinders Lane Annual Exploration Exhibition, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC, 2020.
The Fun Room, Wangaratta Regional Gallery, VIC, 2020.
The Henry Jones Prize, finalist, Hobart TAS, Nov 2019.
Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, finalist, Hobart TAS, Oct 2019.
All The Things (solo with Jacob Leary), Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart TAS, 2019.
Mermaids in the Basement (group show), curator and artist, Good Grief Studios, Hobart, 2019.
A Real Ruby (solo show), Sidespace Gallery Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart TAS, 2019.
Portal, Window Box, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart TAS, 2019.
Womens Art Prize, Tas Regional Arts, Finalist, Launceston, Burnie and Hobart TAS, 2019.
Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, winner Sponsors Choice
Award (acquisitive), Long Gallery Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart TAS, 2018.
Dear Kunanyi (group show), Long Gallery Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, 2018.
Subterrain: The Organic Sublime, videos (collaboration
with Jacob Leary) Flinders Lane Gallery pop-up at Collins Place Gallery, Melbourne VIC, 2018.
Liquidity (collaboration with Jacob Leary), Flinders Lane
Gallery (window box), Melbourne VIC, 2018.
Shrines (group show), Visual Bulk, Hobart TAS, 2018.
School of Creative Arts Graduate Exhibition, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart TAS 2017.
Honour & Masters Work in Progress,
Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart TAS, 2017.
Material Girl, Tas Regional Arts, Finalist, Launceston,
Burnie and Hobart TAS, 2017.
Shit Talk/RealTalk, 107 Projects (window box), Sydney NSW, 2017.
dLux Media Arts: Alumni Exhibition, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, NSW, 2016.
Is This Art, Artereal Gallery, Syd NSW, 2015.
Soulangh Cultural Park, Taiwan, 3 month artist residency
may-aug 2022 (upcoming).
Adelaide Festival Centre, external screens,
Flora (July) and Atlantis (Oct), 2019 Adelaide SA.
The Loop, digital art platform, Flora, 2019 program, Hobart TAS.
West Projections Festival, Nonnas House, Savory
Seddon art walk, Melbourne VIC, 2019.
Is This Art, dLux Media Arts, Artereal Gallery, Sydney NSW 2015.
The (re)Generation Project, Museum of
Contemporary Art & Lennox Theatre, Sydney 2015.
Public Art Projects Arts Tasmania, Fantality, 2020, Riverside HS
Launceston, vinyl window display.
Aesthetica Magazine, 2020, Artist listing.
Hag Mag, 2020, Photography feature.
UTS Women’s Collective, I’m Not Sorry, 2017, inner
covers & short feature.