Wendi Ruth’s print-based practice touches on issues of nostalgia, family, geography, and cultural identity. In her most recent body of work, ¡Pa’delante Mestizaje!, the artist explores her own hybridized identity as a U.S. citizen whose family originates from Mexico. Recalling her upbringing in a bilingual household, Ruth has created stylized reproductions of objects that were housed in the homes of her parents and grandparents, as well as the landscape and flora of Texas and Mexico, to explore the various forms of cultural mixing that have led to the liminal space where her identity is located. Employing tropes of domestic realm, language, and the environment Ruth’s work communicates that identity is never reductive, singular, “pure”, or final but is instead a continually evolving amalgamation of cultural practices and actions.
Wendi Ruth is a recent graduate of Wichita State University’s School of Art, Design, and Creative Industries. Wendi Ruth holds an MFA in Studio Art, Printmaking and a BA in Studio Art, Printmaking from the University of Texas, Dallas. She has shown her work in numerous group exhibitions at venues throughout Kansas, Texas, and Kentucky.
Sally Frater holds an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art/University of Manchester and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. She has curated exhibitions for numerous venues throughout Ontario and the south and mid-Western United States.