Ruth Jones is an artist based in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. Her work explores liminal, or threshold states of being or consciousness. The liminal realm is a transitional one, a passageway between two distinct states eg. awake / asleep, conscious / unconscious, the past / the present. Anthropologist Victor Turner has described it as ‘a place that is not a place and a time that is not a time’. The uncertainty of these in-between states has led them to be regarded with suspicion and anxiety, but they also have enormous creative potential and can be seen as spaces of 'becoming', where our identities undergo change or transformation. Through installations, public art projects and film work, Ruth uses ritual patterns to create physical or psychological spaces in which the possibility of an experience of liminality can occur for the viewer or participant.
Recent projects have focused on the three way relationships between humans animals and the land. The work draws on magico-mythological readings of land as well as recent reconceptualisations of land and rural places in fields such as anthropology and cultural geography. Many of the projects make use of public spaces and pay attention to the particularity of place, often engaging people or communities who have a connection to the place directly in the process of developing and creating the work.
Ruth has just completed an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Research Fellow based at the University of West England, Bristol. She developed a new body of work that explores how we can access the liminal realm through artworks by altering our experience of time through ritual.
Ruth also curates Holy Hiatus - a not-for-profit organisation that explores ritual, community and place through events, talks, film screenings and workshops.