" Art is about making visible what has touched us in the world" Merleau-Ponty
Chris Ruston is an artist based in Southend, Essex, UK. Her work explores issues around our changing climate, often combining interests in history and storytelling. She seeks to express more than her personal story connecting to wider issues and reaching out to broader aspects of life and the environment. Earth's story is a constant thread through her work. She invites us to think about how the past, present and future come together.
A number of themes are explored and revisited, all sharing a common link - the celebration of the natural world and of the human spirit. She takes inspiration from noticing the world around her, whether a grand landscape or a small surviving pocket of nature in an overly urbanised environment. Artist books form the centre of her practice. Utilising her background in Fine Art, she loves to combine experimental mark making with realistic drawings. She produces unique artist books carefully selecting the structure to match the content of each book.