Ruth Chambers

1960-

...And Victory Goes To The Flowers***


After the lengthy winter cold stretches in Western Canada the rebirth of spring is always completely welcome. To embrace the glory of spring and keeping in mind Mary-Beth Laviolette statement that "flowers continue to inspire new interpretations (A Delicate Art, p.9)," we offer the delicate, refined ceramic based sculpture of Ruth Chambers.

She playfully and decoratively intervenes into, disputes, and overwhelms objects, often architecturally derived, with foliage-based porcelain ornamentation and lattice-based structures.

Continuing research into the tradition of still life and its requisite considerations of space, form and time permeates Ruth Chamber’s micro-compositions of fragile, improbable porcelain configurations. In this way the artist addresses ideas of beauty and temporality as part of her exploration of the "metaphysics of the object."

The artist is interested in how an object can be more than itself.

The artist’s cups, saucers, bowls and cylinders reference painting and ceramic histories to literally unsettle our assumptions of the genres. Her handbuilt bulbs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables are created out of delicately coloured porcelain and present various stages of their growth patterns. The artist carefully considers and skillfully hand builds these sculptures in extreme detail.

The artist playfully and decoratively addresses the tradition of the still life. Her foliage-based porcelain pieces are full of fun and can be highly patterned.

The artist graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (AOCA) and the University of Regina (MFA, 1994). She is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Regina, where she has taught in the Fine Arts Faculty since 1994. Studies and residencies have also taken her to The Banff Centre, the Sun Valley Centre for the Arts and Humanities in Sun Valley, Idaho, and the University of Guelph in Ontario.

Since the early 1980s, the artist’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and the Itabashi Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Solo exhibitions include “And Victory Goes To The Flowers…” (2019) at the Willock & Sax Gallery; "Conservatory: (2010), at the Godfrey Dean Gallery, Yorkton Saskatchewan; "Temporary Adornment" at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario (2008); and "Through the Skin" at the International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago (2006).

In 2007 she was a contributing editor, with Amy Gogarty and Mireille Perron, of Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice (published by Ronsdale Press), which includes essays that explore contemporary Canadian ceramics as a socially responsible practice.

Ruth Chambers composes porcelain elements into diminutive vessels that speak to the fleeting considerations in our daily lives.