Ruth was born in Cleveland, Ohio as one of ten children in a Brady Bunch-type family. Ruth has been an equestrian for most of her life and has a deep affection for animals. She is a "horse person".
Ruth has shown and spoken about her work internationally and throughout the United States. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Video in the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University. Ruth has previously taught at Bowling Green State University, Adrian College, and co-taught at the University of Michigan. Ruth holds an MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, and a BFA in Art & Technology from The Ohio State University.
Ruth owns a small business that specializes in research, digital archiving, and small scale video services. You can find her somewhere between central Illinois, northern Ohio and in the summers, southeast Michigan.
Ruth collaborates with various living beings at Firesign Family Farm in Whitmore Lake, MI, under the mentorship of Ruth Ehman.
- interspecies relationships and performance
- pragmatic ecofeminism (Erin McKenna)
- multi-sensory thinking (Temple Grandin)
- relational antagonism/relational aesthetics (Claire Bishop/Nicolas Bourriaud)
- animal studies, animal cognition
- phenomenology and technology (sound, moving image, responsive environments)
- chosen family: queer and animal kin (Donna Haraway)
- various methods of mediating interspecies relationships & multispecies ethnography
- small-scale agriculture & livestock farming
- site-specific art making
- social practice/socially engaged art/community building through art practice
Photo by Jesse Meria.