Day 60: Ru

Today’s creative feminist (@art_byru) has taught me so much in the short space of time I’ve luckily known her about the joy of using art as a conversation starter, a means to connect us but also (and very importantly) as a platform to project our voice(s).

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
My name is Ru, and I’m an abstract acrylic painter based in London.

How did you develop your practice?
I have always loved painting but university and life meant it went unexplored for the longest time. This lockdown period allowed me to sit down, experiment and discover what I love. I am still relatively new to the art scene but so far I’ve connected with so many lovely people and I’m ready to grow my passion.

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
This must be an incredibly common answer but things found in nature and people are my biggest inspirations. At the moment I’m working on a birthstone series, which I LOVE as it’s allowed me to recreate my favourite crystals but it also allows me to add patterns and textures to my paintings that demonstrate my Indian heritage. I draw inspiration from a lot of Asian clothing! 

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
To be a creative feminist is to have a second voice. One that can’t be silenced or spoken over, one that shows who you are and what you love. I do and will always celebrate women and I’m grateful to be part of an army as strong as us.✨

I find that Ru’s work, like the birthstones she represents, has the power to soothe, calm and heal; they project the unique energy of the individual stone. I also absolutely LOVE Ru’s belief in having a second voice; I think we are all here because of our want to share and support each other’s second voices. So please do give Ru a beautifully warm welcome to the community by following her pages @art_byru & @____ru and by commenting your love below! I feel so lucky to have found my way to you Ru and to share you with the fem fam.

If you would like to purchase any of Ru’s work or work with Ru on a project you can contact her via email at artbyru@outlook.com.

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