archival print on Hahnemühle paper
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“Ruth” is an analog collage. In technical terms, that simply means that it is a cut and paste collage with no digital intervention. It is made on archival matboard, with layers of different types of paper and with contact paper transfers.
I sought to play off the meaning of the name, Ruth. I also considered her achievements and her character, and the fact that she demonstrated throughout her life a solid commitment to justice and fairness.
To that effect, I selected images of the rose varietal “Bloom of Ruth”. This rose is named after the biblical Ruth, a figure that quite fittingly, symbolizes loyalty, steadfastness, and devotion. “Bloom of Ruth” is a lovely hybrid tea rose, with a mild perfume, pointed tips and a light peach blush with pink undertones. It is a long lasting rose and it blooms continuously until the first frost. The resilience of this flower reminded me of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, so I played with its symbolism.
In addition, the bottom layer of the collage makes reference to the preamble of the Constitution. Some of the words can be seen in the upper left hand side corner and below to the right of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.