Corporeality – work in progress 2017
This video shows a sculptural practice exploring corporeality and the bodily act of making. Corporeality is the quality of being or having a material body, therefore Brenner’s work engages with the physical and mental act of making and material exploration in relation to elemental materials, elemental processes and direct engagement with materials. Porcelain and terracotta weighing over 50kg in its wet state was pressed and manipulated using feet and body weight. The resulting work has a direct relationship to the artist's bodily dimensions; physical ability; sensory awareness and her relationship with the material.
Carnal – Broad Stones (detail) 2017
Materials / dimensions – Porcelain and terracotta on a bespoke hardwood pallet. Clay form: 18 x 30 x 60cms (hwd). Pallet: 16 x 60 x 120 cms (hwd).
Carnal is part of collective works called Corporeality. It is both bodily in form and in the process in which it is made. Porcelain and terracotta weighing over 50kg in its wet state was pressed and manipulated using feet and body weight. The volume and weight of material, together with my physical limitations, dictated the resulting form. The skin like qualities of the clay bodies were highlighted by stretching, cracking, creasing, folding, binding and restraining. Material and maker working together.
held in check 2019
Materials / dimensions – Amber Rosin and steel; 54 x 24 x 25 cms (hwd)
‘held in check’ is the outcome of research into materials that have both fluid and solid properties and experimentation to accelerate the viscose state of amber rosin. An amber rosin block is restrained by a large steel spring. The rosin appears solid but is constantly moving – rate at which it changes form is dependent on the ratio of rosin to additive and the temperature of the space (this image shows day 36 after installation). Amber Rosin, a natural pitch produced from plants, could be understood as the blood of the tree and therefore has connotations of bodily secretions.
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Ruth Brenner is a Scottish sculptor and installation artist living and working in Surrey. After graduating from Newcastle University in 2012 as a Master of Fine Art, she won a Royal Society of Sculptors bursary award in 2013. She is currently working on a practice led PhD under Professor Andrew Livingstone in the Department of Ceramics at the University of Sunderland. Her multi-disciplinary research combines a study of phenomenology and sculptural practice to research corporeality and the bodily acts of making.
Corporeality is the quality of being or having a material body. The influences of corporeality are central to Brenner’s practice as the work has a direct association to her bodily dimensions; physical ability; sensory awareness and direct engagement with the material. Brenner’s work aims to celebrate the immersive experience of using one’s hands to engage with the materials of the world whilst giving the embodied practice of making theoretical underpinning.