Ruby Rae was born in Killin in 1968. She moved to Dundee shortly after and has been there ever since.
Ruby always had a love of creating art from discarded objects from a young age.
In primary school she once made a cuckoo clock from old cardboard boxes. This was displayed in the Deputy Head Mistress’s office. Something that she was never to see again!
Her love of creating stayed with her to adulthood. And although she longed for art school, her rebellious streak meant she left school at 15, and shortly after went off to work.
Only in the last 10 years has she found her footing and ultimate love for assemblage and mixed media art.
“I have a real fascination with discarded objects. For some reason they sing to me and longed to be given new life”
Ruby often taps in to her huge collection if vintage family photos handed down from her Gran and brings relatives who are long gone back out into the world. She also hoards countless objects from dolls, bottles, stamps and Victorian photographic slides.
“There is a part of me fixated with time, life and death. I feel that I somehow suspend the objects I use in a time capsule,
which is why I choose to frame all my work in box styled frames. It gives a curio feel and I like the idea of people peering in”
There is a humorous side to her work. Most of the titles of her pieces are a play on words.
Naming her work is a very important part of the whole process, from conception to the final piece, the name has to fit.
Her influences include Joseph Cornell, Liz McGrath, Terry Taylor & Michael De Meng, to name but a few.
Ruby had shown at The Jam Gallery, Dundee, Eduardo Alessandro Studios, Dundee, AAF Battersea, AAF Hampstead, Glasgow & Edinburgh Art Fairs, Art24sevenMedia, Dundee & Frames Gallery, Perth.
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