We’re excited to announce our first exhibition of the 2021 – 2022 season Wild Whimsy by artist Emily Moores, which opens today in the Ruffin Gallery! The opening reception for the exhibition will take place this Friday August 27th at 5:30 PM
An immersive installation adorned with colorful handmade textures and patterns; Wild Whimsy is a celebration of play. Using richly colored, large-scale sheets of paper, and hand cut patterns across space, Moores engages both the mind and body.
“When we look at play as a form of reducing stress and improving our memory, it’s something that’s really valuable on multiple levels.”
Temporality is centerfold to Moores’ installation. Rather than planning each detail beforehand, Moores let the space in Ruffin guide her, like a live drawing or a painting: “I think especially now where a lot of artwork is viewed online, installation brings a unique experience because it’s not something that can be fully captured in a photograph; you have to physically walk through the space and experience it. For me the temporary nature of the exhibition brings viewers into the space.”
The environment of bright blues, reds, and yellows and rich handmade textures invites movement and an engagement of the senses in the exhibition space. Wild Whimsy is on display in the Ruffin Gallery from August 21 to October 15. Wild Whimsy is the first exhibition in the Ruffin Gallery’s new Exhibition Proposal Program.