Ruth Chamber’s work is ceramic based and at times incorporates other media, usually in an installation format. Her installations have playfully and decoratively intervened into, disputed, and infected architectural structures with foliage-based porcelain ornamentation and lattice-based structures.
Recent research has taken her into the tradition of still life and its requisite considerations of space and form. Chambers assembles small compositions of fragile, improbable porcelain configurations to address ideas of beauty and temporality by means of still life arrangements. Her cups, saucers, bowls and cylinders reference painting and ceramic histories yet literally unsettle our assumptions of the genres.
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 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.