Ruth Brown: New Jewellery
Ruth Brown's work explores illusion and perception, through investigations into distorted or fragmented reflection and space.
She takes inspiration from repeated linear structures found within architecture and contrasts these controlled forms with amorphous and disordered images produced by the reflective surfaces, which are equally as prevalent within the modern urban environment.
Through experimentation with space and reflectivity, she aims to harness these visual juxtapositions, to depict the fragmentary nature of observation and understanding, and portray this through the sculptural frameworks of jewellery objects.
From replicating the ancient practice of creating mirrors by highly polishing sheet metal, through to vast experimentation, production and refinement of reflective resin surfaces, her work seeks to echo the allure of the intangible and fleeting images which appear in mirrored surfaces. A combination of hand-drawn and photographic images, transferred on to acetate suggest and emphasise these notions of movement and change.
Her exploration of kinetic techniques - coupled with mirror-like two dimensional surfaces in resin and metal - allows her to produce varied and ambiguous forms, which are representative of the intertwined nature of light, shadow, space, movement and context.
Graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in June 2016 Ruth Brown is currently undertaking a year-long residency in the Silversmithing and Jewellery Department.