Ruth Claxton, UK / by Peter Haynes

Ruth Claxton, UK

Artist Ruth Claxton produced 'Lantern Parade' for Longbridge Light Festival 2014 in collaboration with Turves Green Girls School. 'Lantern Parade' featured a series of apparently unlit lanterns. In fact the lanterns were coated with a special retro-reflective paint and activated by light. The audience were encouraged to shine a torch or use the flash on their camera to light the lanterns up.

Ruth Claxton is known for her large scale, site-responsive installations and public sculptures which often use reflective and mirrored surfaces to create complex, interconnecting visual ‘worlds’. Referencing display systems and architecture, and drawing on languages of art, craft and design, these works usually consist of a series of evolving components that coalesce for a moment in a particular space and then move on. The relationship between object and surface, and attempts to choreograph and orchestrate ‘looking’ are key to her practice, alongside a general interest in the digital mediation of contemporary life.