Born 1964, Kew, Victoria
Ruth Marshall is engrossed in the process of working with steel. She loves the incisive cut of the acetylene torch and the bubbling explosion and smoke as heated metal hits water. However, the satisfaction of materials and three–dimensional form are insufficient on their own; she also wishes to employ two–dimensional images which express her deep fascination with people, and the world of dreams and ideas.
In her ambitious work Book (and acknowledging her debt to Anselm Kiefer's High Priestess), Marshall fabricates a weighty structure that, like the covers of a great and ancient book, encloses copious metal pages, old and worn. On these are writ the images of her life.
Ross Wolfe from his Samstag essay, Samstag The First Millenium
1993 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1993 MFA, The Pratt Institute, New York, USA
1991 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne