Ruth Thomas is a Swiss-born artist currently based in Lyon, France.
In her work, she translates given situations and conditions into abstract patterns by means of various textile techniques.
The concepts behind the patterns take form through an exploration of facts, statistics and graphics found anywhere in everyday life.
The artist develops the concept. The concept defines the outcome. The artist is not responsible for the outcome.
The execution is a slow and labour-intensive process: outdated manual techniques require an outdated amount of time.
While elaborating the concept, the artist is artist. While executing the concept, the artist is artisan.
Once completed, the work detaches itself from the concept that defines it and develops an aesthetic life of its own.
The finished work consists of thread, thoughts and time transformed into colours, pattern and surface.
The elaboration of the concepts is fast, the execution is slow. The concept is modern, the techniques are ancient.
The ever-present tension between these contrasting approaches characterises the work of Ruth Thomas.
Photo: Stéphanie Bonn