This is Not a Feminist Theory on Motherhood

Carrie Ruckel

November 5 – 26, 2011

Opening Reception:

First Saturday Gallery Crawl: November 5, 2011; 6-9pm

The artwork of Chicago artist, Carrie Ruckel will be on exhibit at the Blend Studio, 79 Arcade building, downtown Nashville. The opening reception will be Saturday, November 5th from 6-9 pm during the monthly art crawl.

Carrie Ruckel lives and works in Chicago, while pursuing independent and collaborative art projects, she also works at the local public access television station Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) as a videographer, editor, and is associate producer of the weekly local news show Chicago Newsroom. Miss Ruckel has curated projects at different venues in Chicago including the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Under the name Lasso, she collaborated with Karin Patzke on curating projects from 2006-2009. Lasso was housed at the Butcher Shop, a mixed-use exhibition space from 2007 – 2008. Miss Ruckel received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated with an MFA from Vermont Collage of Fine Arts.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a research based visual artist working primarily with photography and video. My research interests range from mental & emotional turmoil, women’s issues, cultural politics, and relationships between people, places, and objects. Stemming from personal experiences, my projects also reveal a kind of poetic self-examination, inside and out. I experiment with narrative, documentary, and performance strategies, using re-enactments, interviews, and voice over, often combining feelings of melancholy and humor. My work references the mundane, the everyday, landscape, and popular culture, where the complexity of gender politics and constructions of the feminine can be questioned and critiqued.

In my video, This Is Not A Feminist Theory On Motherhood, I experiment with narrative structures to explore ambivalence toward motherhood, a topic, which is still largely unspoken.

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