“These selections from the ‘1601 Pine Hollow Road’ series look back over the elapsed years to the spaces and rooms that shaped me and examine how memory reshapes the past over the passage of time.” - from the artist
Ruth A. Keitz has been involved in art since elementary school. She participated in Saturday art classes at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, PA from fourth grade through high school. (Well known graduates of the Carnegie Institute program include Philip Pearlstein and Andy Warhol.)
However, it was her father who ran a part-time business painting lines for parking lots, crosswalks, and directional traffic arrows who claimed to have taught her how to paint while working for him. Perhaps there is more truth than fiction here considering the linear structure of many of her works.
After graduating with a BA in art from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, she went to the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her MFA in art education with a minor in studio art and a PhD in curriculum and instruction with a minor in studio art.
These selections from the “1601 Pine Hollow Road” series look back over the elapsed years to the spaces and rooms that shaped me and examine how memory reshapes the past over the passage of time. They explore images of me and my family and images from my childhood.
Digitized photographs are disassembled and reassembled into collages with mixed media. The digitizing and collage processes are parallel to the memory process which allows me to duplicate and relive and reconstruct the past.
Neutral images from the past carry with them good or bad messages depending upon their interpretation in the present. Some provide comfort. Some provide closure.
We all carry with us memories, images, and voices from the past. They haunt us or taunt us or comfort us or terrify us again and again. Dreams and memories carry us back across time and miles. We are all a product of a particular time and place governed by a past which we cannot escape. Each of us is what we are because of what we were and what we chose to be or chose not to be.
About the artist:
My mixed media collages reflect my interest in the physicality of objects, their “thingness”: textures, shapes, colors. Regardless of the series, message, or symbolism, all my work includes a variety of found objects. In the tradition of Picasso’s collages and Duchamp’s found objects, the stuff of my art is likely to be ropa usada or other man-made discards or the discards of nature.
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