The Book of Ruth: A collaborative, interdisciplinary, practice-led research project, 2018.
Migration is a Constant for the Returned and Returning migrant - A Woman's Perspective.
Artists Kiera OToole and Annemarie Murland have assumed the role of cultural commentator in this artistic project, titled: The Book of Ruth. The project will explore how migration, a current global phenomenon has penetrated the psyche and lived experience of contemporary society when examined through an artistic framework. The language, practice and experience of aesthetics seeks to displace migration from its everyday context so that it can be experienced anew.
This project seeks to visualise an aesthetics of migration through the art practice of Ruth McVey an itinerant nomad, artist who moves across a range of border states and topographies to examine the singularity of a personal migrant experience when rendered and measured through a ‘glocal’ and multicultural lens. The artist rejects any notion of identity politics as a catalyst for making, rather she actively engages with [local] material culture through her site specific encounters with space and place. Her aim is to record how cultural ‘difference’ as an experience provides a departure point to reimagine migration as an autonomous aesthetic that has the capacity to transmute as it moves beyond its host territory.
McVey’s modus operandi in practice is the pursuit of tacit and cultural knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach to practice. The video lens, experimental drawing strategies and techniques alongside literary notations provide the material knowledge for an exhibition and the publication of a mini-zine that documents an aesthetics of migration that is in a constant state of translation.