Ruth A. Keitz, Mixed Media Artist

My consistent use of found materials from the common everyday world of the man-made and the natural permeates and defines all my work. My mixed media collages and constructions reflect my interest in the physicality of objects, their “thing-ness": textures, shapes, colors. 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.

I enjoy the uncommon and unexpected beauty found in materials that are used for packaging--and usually thrown away after a single use. These materials may be in their pristine manufactured state or aged by the elements of nature or transformed by my hand.

Fragmented Box Quadriptych

Mixed Media

14 3/4 x 86 3/4 x 3 1/4"

The “Fragmented Box Series” disassembles and reassembles everyday cardboard boxes into a new reality.

What was three-dimensional is ripped and torn into two-dimensional fragments that are re-interpreted and re-assembled.