Ruth Geneslaw carves and paints small wood vignettes that reflect contemporary life. She addresses such themes as social injustice, women’s issues, aging, politics, the environment, and relationships. To the casual observer, the works are amusing, but further examination reveals an underlying comment on some aspect of the human condition.
My work is a reflection of my observations on contemporary life. Using primarily basswood and an assortment of whittling knives, I carve and paint narrative vignettes that serve as vehicles for social commentary. These tableaux offer wry comments on the quirkiness and irony of contemporary life while exploring serious themes with tongue in cheek. Wordplay intrigues me. I often examine our use of language by interpreting idiomatic expressions and clichés in their most literal form. To the casual observer, the works are amusing, but further examination reveals an underlying comment on some aspect of the human condition. I have addressed social injustice, women’s issues, aging, politics, the environment, and relationships. The freedom and vitality of folk and outsider art and its use for narration has long interested me and has informed my work. Such contemporary artists as Red Grooms and Marisol have also influenced me.
– R. Geneslaw
Ruth Geneslaw grew up in Buffalo, NY and majored in art at the University of Buffalo. She received a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. After an extensive career as an award winning fiber artist, a longtime interest in the sculpture of naïve and outsider artists led to her own experimentation with woodcarving.
Ms. Geneslaw is the recipient of many awards, including two visual artist fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a New York State Craft Artists Grant. She also received funding from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Geneslaw received recognition for her work when she was awarded the Rockland County Executive Arts Award for Visual Artist in 1997. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums. Geneslaw served on the Rockland County Art in Public Places Committee for many years. She maintains a studio in Haverstraw, New York.
June 22 through July 21, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, June 22, 2019. 2PM TO 5PM
image “Weapons of Mass Destruction (Pick Your Poison)”
carved and painted basswood
12.5 x 13 x 9 inches
image “The Glass Ceiling”
carved and painted basswood, acrylic
10 x 16 x 4.5 inches
image “Not Tonight”
carved and painted basswood, embroidered fabric
7.5 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches