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rita ruggeri
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  • United Kingdom
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in a relationship
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Artist, Producer
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Drawing, Film, Installation, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video
About my artwork
I am a sculptor and painter, I also work in video and photography, and I do a little intervention here and there. Global and environmental issues, as well as social issues such as gender, sexuality and other social taboos motivate my work. My work is concerned with the metaphysical in that I aim to evoke a spiritual response from the audience by triggering thought and emotion, and occasionally humour.
In my photography and video work I capture human, and animal, emotion and movement. My photographs tell a story, a story told in that moment of intimacy captured on film.

I film public response to my art when I take it out on the street and turn it intervention. My last sculpture intervention, ‘The Giant Vagina’, is a good example. This piece is a sculpture of a female genetalia made from cardboard, padding, and blank white canvas.
I took ‘The Giant Vagina’ on the street and filmed public response to it in different settings. It travelled down the escalators on the underground, it caught a train, and it flashed at people in the park, as a flasher would flash.
Exhibiting ‘The Giant Vagina’ in a gallery would allow the freedom of perversion, the desire to look, whereas outside it creates embarrassment; up raw, uneasy, insulted, you have to suppress your desire to look.
My painting and sculptural work is more abstract than my video and photography. ‘The Gathering’ is a spinning painting representing many souls gathering around the woman – they all merge into one when the painting spins. The painting is octagonal, because 8 is the symbol for infinity and the 8 sides are to represent the known edges of our universe. The central axis is positioned right on her nipple. The bolt that holds the painting together, the source of nourishment, the cycle of life.
This circular motion in life interests me and I try to represent and show that through my art. A video piece I am working on is an intervention piece. Multiple foam mats are released into the environment and I video their spiralling journey as they spin through the park. Invisible shape our environment, and my video of foam mats on the wind makes the invisible visible.
Over the past 5 years I have seen my work grow from several seemingly separate practices. I now find I am at a very exciting stage of my artistic development. All the different disciplines I have been working in are coming together. I am finding ways to create a fusion between my different practices, bringing them together and creating more powerful artwork. I look forward to the resulting discussion that these works may generate.
Artists I like
so many will fill in another time
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
kinetic art fair
Centre of the artworld:
LA, another city

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At 7:32 on April 27, 2011, Rossello Damiano said…
At 18:04 on November 25, 2008, OGHAGBON EBOIGBODIN MOSES said…
Hi Rita, how are you doing and work? I would like you to chekout my works on www.oghagbonmoses.com
At 22:05 on October 21, 2008, Luke Gilliam said…
i agree totally.

and that is why i have said that someone like mik peter rasmussen should be given a prize - not for being a best painter - because noone is - but for complete intensity and originality

there is a large amount of images put up on 'the featured images list' on the magazine which is of somthing like a coke can - or a man running in a hallway - sometimes done on a low res digital camera - and for why - no emotion???

but there are people who present work here like mik who are incredible and the magazine never talks about them ??????
At 17:00 on October 20, 2008, Carla Goldberg said…
Thanks Rita!
At 9:03 on October 12, 2008, ALAN DOHERTY said…
catwoman good very like picasso first breakthrough painting of africa masks in the brothel
At 12:20 on October 10, 2008, artreview.com said…
Hi Rita Ruggeri!

Welcome to arteview.com.

It would be great to see some of your work here.

Hope you enjoy the site. Also check out ArtReview:Digital-- it’s ArtReview magazine on your screen every month, and it’s FREE!
At 20:55 on October 9, 2008, ART & ARTISTS LA said…
No problem . It's your call. Take care
At 16:25 on October 7, 2008, Khairy Hirzalla said…
I visit your website I enjoyed it.


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