Gabriela Ruiz

Gabriela Ruiz

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CalArts Campus


Paul Brach Visiting Artists Lecture Series

Within her work, she uses a variety of color palettes to create vivid and vibrant environments that function as installations, settings for performances, or as backdrops for fashion shoots. Her sculptures incorporate found objects and industrial materials, such as thrift store furniture and insulation foam, and investigate ideas of home and self and our relationship to environments around us. Strongly influenced by growing up in LA’s San Fernando Valley to immigrant parents from Mexico, Ruiz’s practice is a reflection of the DIY work ethic she was raised under, the vibrancy of Mexican cultural and artistic traditions, and her exposure to subculture and fantasy at a young age as a means to escape the realities of daily life.