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Ruby Bassford

Ruby Bassford

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Artist Work

Clown
2019
Gouache
Rabid
2018
Watercolor and Ink
Lord of the Flies
2017
Pen
Mary, Queen of Hearts
2017
Pen
Queen Bee
2017
Pen

Artist Information

County
St. Mary's County
Artistic Category

Literary Arts, Other, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Humans, themselves, are texts loaded with explicit and implicit narratives. Continuous lines connect to create the gesture of a face. The portraits capture charisma in quick sketchy snapshots of expression. Watercolor spreads the black ink, giving the portraits a fluid, blurred and blended appearance.

Artist Bio

Ruby Bassford is a multimedia artist. They draw continuous-line caricature portraits at different festivals and also take commissions for illustrating books. Their passion is illustrating children’s literature, however, they explore narrative and identity through many art forms. Bassford has a fascination with the peculiar and works in portraiture, installation, assemblage, oil, watercolor, film, poetry, fiction, mixed-media, and photography.