Allison Ruby is a Minneapolis-based artist whose work includes painting, sculpture, installation, guerrilla intervention, and creative gardening. Plants and trees often serve as both muse and medium in a practice based firmly in contemporary urban life. Allison explores our relationship to what we call “Nature”: how we see it, talk about it, experience it, manipulate it, cherish it, and turn our backs on it.
Hand-milled wood and cheap construction boards, repurposed domestic objects and industrial hardware, fallen sticks and branches, stones, even living plants — these are the materials that form the basis of her practice. She combines them with an unnaturally bright, cartoonish painting palette, pulsating patterns, tangled forms, and an eccentric approach to scale and perspective, untethered by day-to-day reality. She is there to see what you miss; to show what is happening behind the scenes; to draw attention to the activity present in each moment.
Allison has a BFA in Visual Art, with a minor in Horticulture, from the University of Minnesota. Her creative practice extends to and intertwines with an expertise in organic gardening and edible landscaping, which draws off a background in permaculture and biodynamic principles and techniques. Beyond her studio practice, she curates and hosts a series of summer exhibitions and other art events at Red Garage Studio, an alternative gallery space in her converted garage and surrounding gardens.