Original art for sale at UGallery.com | Cycladic Idol by Ruth Santee | $750 | mixed media artwork | 15.5' h x 13.6' w | ..\art\mixed-media-artwork-Cycladic-Idol

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Cycladic Idol

Ruth Santee
Ugallery 5345188222 UGallery

Collage of found paper and labels, drawing on Wood New

Finished white edges

Varnished and Ready to hang


Signed on front and back


15.5" h x 13.6" w x 1.5" d |2 lbs. 0 oz.

In stock $750



"Cycladic Idol harkens back to a Bronze Age culture and its resonance in contemporary society," says Ruth Santee. She describes making art like putting a puzzle together, but without all of the puzzle pieces in front of her when she begins the process. Each artwork starts out as a mystery that she solves by transforming a pile of "stuff" into a coherent visual narrative. Ruth collects the objects that most people discard without a second thought - junk mail, labels from medical and food containers, and old children’s books to name a few - and morphs them into timely and playful narratives.

Ruth Santee

Stockton, California

Ruth Santee is known for her surreal collages made of junk mail, tax documents, and mass produced labels. She creates eccentric portraits of humans and insects to explore the themes of politics, feminism and environmentalism. She draws inspiration from artist Louise Bourgeois for her feminism and the recycling of personal materials in her work; James Ensor for his politics and dark humor; and Francis Bacon for the human spirit. Ruth lives and works from a converted church in Stockton. She earned her MFA from SFAI, and when she’s not making art, Ruth teaches printmaking and co-directs a gallery in Oakland. Her work is in the permanent collections of the University of Oregon, the US Forestry Services and the David Brower Center in Berkeley.

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