Amy Ruffo at the Wilson Center for the Arts
Ruffo’s work has been described as methodical. Through her exposure to the expansive horizon of the Great Plains, Ruffo developed a taste for a particular sort of line identified in views of treetops against a clear sky, a mass of power lines or a detailed view of newly leafing trees.
She photographs these lines, and then transfers her lines from photographs to a sketchbook where she works them extensively, as if in a conversation to get to know them. It is this working relationship with lines that allows her to create drawings that are abstract, minimal, dense and yet energetic. At a distance, they seem as chaotic as the world she derives them from, but upon closer viewing reveal the individual character and energy of each line that Ruffo so sensitively delivers.
Ruffo says of her pieces, “my drawings are visual explorations. Through photography and sketching, I catalog and construct formations and lines I find of interest. This body of work emerged through months of sketches, seeking what I understand to be the essential character of the lines.”
The opening reception with the artist will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Interested patrons will be able to visit Ruffo’s Sheboygan studio during a one-day bus tour on Saturday, Nov. 10. Following the studio visit, participants will visit the John Michael Kohler Art Center to see the exhibition, Sublime Spaces & Visionary Worlds: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists. To register call: (262) 373-5023.