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Ruth Marshall

Recapturing the Scenic Wilds
Glyndor Gallery | September 06 - December 07, 2014


Pictured above: #5 Ocelot, 2010, Hand-knitted textile, 32” x 53.” Courtesy of the artist


Ruth Marshall knits sculptures based on the pelts of wildcats. Inspired by the message of wildlife conservation, the tenderness with which she replicates the vivid spots and stripes on their coats contrasts with the roughness and safari aesthetics of the lashed wood frames. Copying the original pelt down to its bullet holes, she calls attention to the plight of endangered species. Her work emphasizes not just the uniqueness of each species, but also that of each individual cat. Marshall’s practice is informed by extensive experience cataloguing pelt collections, including a decade of work at the Bronx Zoo, resulting in a specialist’s eye. #5 Ocelot is from a series based on her direct observation of specimens in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History.

The Wool Museum in Geelong, Australia, recently hosted a retrospective of Marshall’s work. She has also exhibited at the Maine Museum of Art, Bangor; the Textile Museum, Washington, DC; the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; the Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY; and the East/West Project Gallery, Berlin. Her artist residencies include Monstalvat, Melbourne; RSP/DSG, Berlin; Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace Program; and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY. She received the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts twice, and her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum; Yale University, New Haven, CT; and Columbia University. Marshall received an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.