Cycladic IdolRuth Santee
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.
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.