Allison Ruby is a Minneapolis-based artist whose work includes painting, sculpture, installation, guerrilla intervention, and creative gardening. Plants and trees often serve as both muse and medium in a practice based firmly in contemporary urban life. Ruby explores our relationship to what we call “Nature”: how we see it, talk about it, experience it, manipulate it, cherish it, and turn our backs on it.
Hand-milled wood and cheap construction boards, repurposed domestic objects and industrial hardware, fallen sticks and branches, stones, even living plants — these are the materials that form the basis of her practice. She combines them with an unnaturally bright, cartoonish painting palette, pulsating patterns, tangled forms, and an eccentric approach to scale and perspective, untethered by day-to-day reality.
Ruby’s work has been seen in a variety of venues locally and nationally, and is part of private collections in the Twin Cities, Montreal, Vancouver, Canada, and California. Ruby has a BFA in Visual Art, with a minor in Horticulture, from the University of Minnesota. Her creative practice extends to and intertwines with an expertise in organic gardening and edible landscaping, which draws off a background in permaculture and biodynamic principles and techniques. Beyond her studio practice, she is Red Garage Studio’s Creative Director and Curator of its summer exhibition series, MANUAL TRANSMISSION.