My journey began in my early teens when I discovered how much fun photography is. For years in my twenties, I lurked around small eastern towns, on the hunt, snapping street scenes and people. I would tack fresh prints to a favorite living room wall and stare at them day after day to pick out what I found interesting. I moved out west and got used to those desert landscapes and old cars that never rusted. I walked around the immaculate streets of Salt Lake City and took pictures of the women who wore their best clothes for a trip into town. Often I looked in one direction and snapped toward the other, to throw them off the scent. Many of them didn’t have heads. I moved back east. Where did all these bushes come from? Everywhere I looked now there was a bush in my face. I put down my camera in disgust and said- I’ll just make things up.
These days, I make monotypes, drawings, paintings, silkscreens, and even reincorporate some photography back into my work. Still trying to trick images into appearing from out of the collective unconscious.
Ruth Sproul is a self-taught artist who grew up in central New York and began exhibiting in 2004. Her work has been shown at the Berkeley Arts Center in Berkeley CA, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle PA, Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery in NYC, the Maryland Federation of Art City Gallery in Baltimore MD, the Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock NY, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca NY, among others. Ruth has been awarded 5 artist residencies, including an Avery Fellowship in painting to the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock NY, a Fellowship to Women’s Studio Workshop for silkscreening in Rosendale NY, and a Fellowship to Jentel in Banner WY for monotypes. In 2009, Ruth was selected to participate in the NYFA MARK program and in 2010 exhibited in the Made In New York show at the Schweinfurth in Auburn NY. In 2012, Ruth was chosen to show silkscreen prints in Syracuse University’s Stone Canoe publication and associated exhibition at the XL Projects Gallery in Syracuse NY.
Ruth has had three solo exhibitions at Corners Gallery (2010, 2012, 2016).