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Assistant Professor, 3D
- MFA, Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art
- Lauren Ruth joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013 and has previously taught at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Ruth works in a variety of media including sculpture and performance and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Corcoran College of Art & Design, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Dartmouth College, and Grizzly Grizzly, among others. Ruth is also co-director of The Shaft, a mobile gallery as work of art originally founded in an elevator.
- My process is motivated by the provocative potential of material and site, and I create sculptures, participatory objects and performances that implicate the viewer as part of the work. Drawing on celebrations, sporting events, and games, I construct settings and scenarios that border on the grandiose and the absurd. The work encourages spontaneous participation and acts as a social site or point of contact. Riding the line between plausibility and pretense, the work addresses expectations of success, social and gender hierarchies, and the value of convivial exchange.