Ruth Wallen is a multimedia artist and writer whose work is dedicated to encouraging dialogue around ecological and social justice. After working as an environmental scientist, she turned to art to pose questions beyond disciplinary boundaries, address values informing environmental policy, and contribute to the developing field of ecological art. She creates interactive installations, nature walks, web sites, artist books and performative lectures. Her critical writing addresses ecological art, race, gender and visual culture. Solo exhibitions include Franklin Furnace and CEPA in New York, New Langton Arts in San Francisco, and many venues in southern California. She has been represented in numerous national and international group exhibitions ranging from Virgin Territory, at the Long Beach Museum of Art, to Weather Report: Art and Climate Change, curated by Lucy Lippard for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Website hosts have included the California Museum of Photography and the Exploratorium, where her work is currently on view. Her recent work entails walking with trees, grieving their losses due to urbanization, globalization, and climate change, modeling their growth based on scenarios of future climate and engendering dialogue around actions that will contribute to their continued flourishing. Active in the border region, she was a member of the multinational artist collective Las Comadres, past president of the Binational Association for Schools of Communication in the Californias and a Fulbright Lecturer at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana. Currently she is co-chair for the MFAIA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Goddard College.
San Diego, CA USA