ruth katzenstein souza

 

MENDER, MAKER, EDUCATOR, WEAVER, DYER

www.ruthkatzensteinsouza.com

 

BIO

The most vivid experience that solidified my artistic direction was a visit to the Watts Towers when I was ten. The idea of using cast off materials, the broken and forgotten elements to create greatly appealed. The next pivotal event was having a booth at the Renaissance Faire and using the imagination in community. These influences as well as curiosity for travel propelled me to England where I went to study textiles. I graduated from West Surrey College of Art and Design and returned to Los Angeles in 1976.  In 1979 I met John Souza who became not only my life partner but we collaborated on projects under the auspices of Acmestudio along with Richard Orne. During those years of Acmestudio, raising a family and starting our architectural trellising company greenscreen®, there was little time for questioning where art and life began and ended. It all seemed to be about exploring opportunities in what seem like disparate pursuits such as Council, dream work, and food advocacy which fed back into my world of making things. As I move forward and follow my intuition the work is more focused on process, community, and mentoring. It is an ongoing conversation about the meaning of working with our hands in a changing world. What parts do we hold on to? What parts do to we let go? What conversation does one want to be a part of? The overriding concern about our planet and the future pulls me in new directions.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My projects are created by foraging, dyeing, spinning, weaving, collaging, painting, piecing, stitching and mending. I love the metaphors that these processes invoke, as we transform materials, we see the possibilities of transformation everywhere, as we repair things of beauty we add to the repair of the world.

 

 Amulets made for the Jewelry Show at Freehand 2015 – made from old metal zippers, sewn and stitched

Amulets made for the Jewelry Show at Freehand 2015 – made from old metal zippers, sewn and stitched

 Shadow portraits / Thread Show El Camino College 2016 8.5” X 11” sewn and embroidered on color transfer of shadow portrait

Shadow portraits / Thread Show El Camino College 2016 8.5” X 11” sewn and embroidered on color transfer of shadow portrait

 Thread portraits for inside of woven bags 2017

Thread portraits for inside of woven bags 2017