Join us at UCSB’s Embarcadero Hall (35 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista, CA 93117) for an Artist Talk featuring Gabriela Ruiz. Ruiz, whose work can currently be seen in This Basic Asymmetry at MCASB, will discuss her artistic practice sharing insights into her sculptural and performance work.
This event is a collaboration with the UCSB Department of Art Visiting Artist Colloquium. The UCSB Department of Art Visiting Artist Colloquium features nine synchronous Artist Talks that are scheduled each Thursday evening from 5:00-6:50 (March 31st through May 26th) in UCSB’s Embarcadero Hall in Isla Vista (unless on Zoom). All lectures are free and open to the public. For directions to location, please see this campus map.
About Gabriela Ruiz
Ruiz is a self-taught artist whose practice blends diverse forms of expression and media, including sculpture, video, painting, and apparel design. Within her work, she uses a variety of color palettes to create vivid and vibrant environments that function as installations, settings for performances, or as backdrops for fashion shoots. Her sculptures incorporate found objects and industrial materials, such as thrift store furniture and insulation foam, and investigate ideas of home and self and our relationship to environments around us. Strongly influenced by growing up in LA’s San Fernando Valley to immigrant parents from Mexico, Ruiz’s practice is a reflection of the DIY work ethic she was raised under, the vibrancy of Mexican cultural and artistic traditions, and her exposure to subculture and fantasy at a young age as a means to escape the realities of daily life.