Ruti De Vries (b. 1989) lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. She holds a B.ED in Education and Fine Arts from Hamidrasha, Beit Berl College (2012), and an MFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv (2015). Recently she returned from artist in residence at Cité Internationale, Paris. Her solo shows include the Artists Residence, Herzliya and Barbur Gallery, Jerusalem (forthcoming); Schimmel Projects, Art Centre Dresden, and Ha’Kibbutz gallery, Tel Aviv. Group shows include Galerie Au Médicis, Paris; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya; MoBY: Museums of Bat Yam, Bat Yam; Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod; Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva, and The 6th National Drawing Biennale, Jerusalem. Ruti is a 2016 recipient of the Israeli Ministry of Culture Young Artist Prize, and The Yehoshua Rabinovitz Foundation Grant (2015), and she participated in the artist career development programs of Artis, Asylum Arts and Artport.
Ruti De Vrie is a multidisciplinary artist. She works mainly with sculpture to create makeshift constructions that consist of quotidian, low-cost, flimsy materials. These provisory environments often draw inspiration from ritual sites, and summon ceremonial situations or momentary commemoration. The concept and process of craft, and its elements of decoration, ornamentation and symmetry are essential to her practice. Her sculpting is a hybrid of the autonomous object, and the integrated environment, moving seamlessly between late Modernism high aesthetics and amateurish craft practices.