Ruby Aitchison

Ruby Aitchison lives in Melbourne, and completed her Masters of Fine Art at RMIT University. Ruby is interested in organic activity when juxtaposed with metal, and her process-based practice initiates a dialogue between materials to develop objects as a description of their making.

Her work has been exhibited locally, interstate, and internationally, participating in the Marzee International Graduate Show 2012, Netherlands, and Talente 2013 in Munich. She received the Future Leaders award at Fresh! 2014, was a selected finalist for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2015, and more recently was awarded the 2016 Diana Morgan Postgraduate Award at RMIT University.

See Ruby's work within "Unearthed" at Craft Victoria 1st - 31st October 2022.

I've really enjoyed sorting through the fragments and seeing the rich textures and materiality given to the objects after years of being buried in the soil. I'm particularly interested in pulling out the individual nails from the fragments I'm working with—my approach is not to alter them too much. The intimacy of these tiny objects, which have these histories of holding together these much larger things, interests me. They've been carefully found, sorted, and cared for by the archaeological teams. Although they're now more fragile and rusted— how incredible that these tiny objects have held such significance and lasted for so long.

/ Ruby Aitchison