Though working predominately in collage, Ruby’s practice expands into music and performance. Ruby deconstructs and reworks familiar images, objects, and sounds to assemble ambiguous and extraordinary forms. Ruby’s practice is grounded in natural history, and her practice is littered with references to creatures that share the globe. Her unique appearance characterises her work and offers her an opportunity to place herself within her work. Her works deal with a private symbolism and employ self-portraiture as a tool to exist vicariously in between states. These transformations allow Ruby to create an alternate folklore and natural history where boundaries between human and animal are obscured. Performance is used as a platform for the large-scale translation of these ideas, often utilising life drawing as an interactive element and theme. Ruby uses her body as a living portrait, forcing her interaction with the three-dimensional collage installations she creates. Music, often comprised of sonic collage pieces from original recorded instrumentation and sound samples, operate alongside these visual works and can support them audibly. The ‘cutting up’ and manipulation of personal conceptual songs form new responsive sound pieces to score live works, whilst physical releases act as art object editions.
Ruby Tingle works as an artist in Manchester after graduating from Manchester School of Art in 2011. An associate artist at PAPER Gallery and Artist in Residence at the Manchester College on the Contemporary Art Practice Degree, she was also awarded runner up in the GM Arts Prize 2016. Recent exhibitions include sluice___2015; Sound and Vision, PAPER; Manchester Free For Arts 2016 and Utopia: Dystopia as part of Fringe Arts Bath. Along with undertaking the Exploring Paper Residency Programme this Summer she will also exhibit at East Street Arts in Leeds and at West Studios in Derbyshire.