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grocery bags, tape, adhesive, reclaimed acetate

installation detail | 2017

By Ruthie Iglesias

On Residuum | By Ruthie Iglesias | 2019

Find, devour, abandon, repeat. Who and what we cast aside reveals volumes about the society from which we are born. Looking at these castaways can be a beautiful, painful, enlightening, and ugly experience all at once.  

Slogans like “Get More for Less” and images of wine bottles flood the eye while pointing at government-supported stratification of economic status, race, and gender.  Skin-toned grocery bags stand in for individual humans; we treat our people and our planet like garbage. This American government distracts us with the played out “us” vs “them” trope, when we are actually destroying ourselves from the inside.  

This is my generation’s dystopia; seeing a world full of possibilities and unprecedented rights lost to the largest scale murder-suicide in our country’s short but ambitious career.  We will not go quietly back to the 1950s. We will fight like hell for our neighbors’ rights We will scream and paint and dance for our neighbors who are without voice or ability. We will take care of each other.


Ruthie Iglesias

Ruthie Iglesias earned her BFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010, and her MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2015. Ruthie's personal practice includes sculpture and installation art, graphic design, as well as writing and performing comedy in Philadelphia, Montreal, New York City, and Baltimore. Ruthie is passionate about sharing expressive arts with learners of all ages. Ruthie's training in trauma-informed practices and harm-reduction allow her to offer marginalized artists opportunities to create and share their work with the world.

Ruthie’s teaching philosophy: Every student has talent, intelligence, and the potential for success. It is our job as educators to help students understand and cultivate these traits so that they can be happy, healthy humans of tomorrow.

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