Ruth A. Mora Izturriaga
September 8, 2023 – October 21, 2023
Ruth A. Mora Izturriaga’s artistic practice thrives on diverse expressions, inspired by change, transformation, and adaptation. Anatomic images and references to nature are recurrent in her art, symbolizing beauty, time’s passage, birth, regeneration, and healing. She aims for them to bridge between her personal preoccupations and collective concerns, by referring to universal themes that can connect us all.
Roots is a body of work that delves into material-driven processes and alternative material expressions, engaging in a dialogue between screenprinting and weaving, centred on the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, embracing life’s transient and imperfect nature.
Her methods include printmaking (screenprinting, corn stamping), embroidery, hand-drawing, and traditional weaving, alongside modern high-tech production techniques like rasterization, laser etching and laser cutting, and the use of common materials in unconventional ways.
In the dialogue between digital precision, accuracy and complexity and manual imperfect but sensible interventions, she aims to evoke new modes of expression, ultimately blending rational processes with intuitive approaches to forge a unique language.
Ruth A. Mora Izturriaga is a Latin-American artist based in Toronto and a member of SUMOfc Art Collective. She is an MFA graduate from Pratt Institute in ‘New Forms’ concentration (non-traditional forms of art) where she was distinguished with both the MFA’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the Pratt Circle Award. She is featured on ‘ARCHIVO’, a digital platform (by Sur Gallery) for the diaspora of Latin American artists in Canada.
She generally works in two distinctive media: inhabitable sculptures/installations and printmaking. In both artwork forms, she intends to confront the human as a “Rorschach Test” would, to produce pieces in which we project ourselves and trust them to reflect our visions of life.
She believes in the dialogue between art and built form and is interested in the ‘human adaptative condition’ to place in relationship with individual and collective identity, to create connections between people and places through art.
Ruth A. Mora Izturriaga gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, Latin American Canadian Art Projects and Chris Glover (MPP, Spadina-Fort York). She also would like to acknowledge her mother, Ruth Izturriaga de Mora, for her contribution and invaluable support.