Born 1968, Glarus, Switzerland
Ruth Blesi uses photography to blur the boundaries of imaginary, present and future realms.
Her Imagineered Sculptures are, as the term suggests, both imagined and engineered. Technoid sculptures made of black modelling clay are cast into landscapes that the artist has photographed on her travels, to produce a fictional, almost sci-fi, world. These Imagineered Sculptures connect plastics, photography and computer technology to form sweeping and slightly uncomfortable landscape fictions. Blesi’s world creation, or imagineering is on the one hand imagination, and on the other the spirit of technology, invention and enthusiastic engineering.
A paradox, or time-loop, is created – are they ruins or uncanny relics from the past? Or perhaps, instead, science-fiction-like research laboratories looking into our future?
Based in Switzerland, Blesi graduated from the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zürich in 2001. Since then, she has taken part in a number of exhibitions, both solo and group shows, in Europe and she is the winner of several art prizes, including Sony’s Heart Award (Berlin) in 2000.