In Mist, artist Ruby Brown challenges the boundaries of sight, exploring the dance between presence and absence. Her sculptural works meld found objects, fabric, and industrial materials, resisting reason's glare while delving into notions of value and perception.
Drawing from these concepts, Mist crafts an installation inside a large window on Chapter House Lane, employing window film to manipulate our connection to the artwork within. Views dance like mist on the pane, as translucency and opacity reveal alternative pathways within obscurity, inviting us to question our perceptions and engage with the mystery that arises from disrupted perspectives.
Ruby Brown was born in Ōtepoti, Aotearoa and currently resides on Wurundjeri land. Her ancestral roots are interwoven—Māori, from Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine iwi (tribes) along with Scottish and Danish heritage.
Ruby attended Victorian College of the Arts in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Education (Visual Art) from Otago University. Earlier this year she was the winter artist in residence at Correspondences Studios, where she presented ‘He Whakaari Ātārangi—A study of movement, shadows & play.’ Since completing postgraduate studies, Brown has held solo and group exhibitions at C3 Contemporary Art Space, Sutton Projects, Bus Projects, Fort Delta, LON Gallery, CAVES and Egg & Dart in Wollongong. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, Aotearoa and Europe.
Mist is presented by Craft and CAVES in the Torrens University Chapter House Lane Window as part of Craft Contemporary 2023.
Image: Night Sky/Patchwork, 2023, Clothing and acrylic polymer gap filler on board. 30 x 21 cm. Image courtesy the artist