Ruth G. Sikes

A self-taught photographer and assemblage artist, Ruth G. Sikes shoots with 35 mm film and digital cameras, or her “toy” plastic 120 film Holga camera. She varies her printing techniques, using alternative photographic processes, printing on fabric or glass, or adding texture and mystery by printing on watercolor paper. Her assemblages are disturbing yet tactile, constructed from found objects enclosed in boxes.

The zen-like philosophy of wabi-sabi - beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent and incomplete” influences her work. Wabi-sabi also suggests desolation and solitude, as reflected in many of her photos.

She has exhibited in juried group and invitational shows throughout Chicagoland, and in Kentucky, Ohio and New York.



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