Ruby Kean is a Brooklyn based artist, living and working between New York and London, her hometown. Working predominantly in 3D collage her 6 year career in Interior design has informed a style which encompasses space, depth and texture.
Ruby’s work is both charming and intriguing as she combines a vast array of elements and materials with a strong sense of design. Her framed collages are like miniature entryways into other worlds. The compositions behind the glass are intricate and delicate, they are there to be looked in at and explored. Much like a living space her collages combine thoughtful combinations that show intention and meaning with the strikingly decorative and ornamental.
Ruby’s latest collection ‘Alchemy and Mysticism’ explores the ancient practice of Alchemy. Colourful and textured miniature realms sit inside architectural structures that, in their crisp architectural precision, pay homage a practice that was once the pinnacle of advancement and discovery.
Within these delicately constructed tributes to classical architecture, Ruby uses ethereal imagery to explore the evolution of Alchemy. What was once the centre of scientific practice now predominantly evokes ideas of magic, healing and mystique.
Within the confines of her collages Ruby makes space for both aspects of Alchemy, playfully and beautifully combining bespoke handmade papers and glazed porcelain talismans. Each of the three dimensional collages captures the imagination and is titled with ceramic bunting flags, Ruby’s signature feature.
The souvenir collection encapsulates the faded memories of a beloved holiday, the scraps and trinkets hoarded and preciously guarded to keep the memory alive of lazy days and inspiring magic moments.
They are snapshots into the golden hour evoking the feeling as the sun dips low in the sky and the last golden embers trail away. They are that thrilling moment you discover a market gem or a special place you dare to believe is your own.
These textural three dimensional pieces bring to life the charm and essence of a long hot summer and the talismans we create to preserve the memory.