Brie Ruais

Brie Ruais was born in 1982 in Southern California. She received her BA from NYU in 2004 and has lived, worked, and shown in New York for over a decade. Ruais uses malleable and fluid materials, such as plaster and clay, for their ability to hold the shape of a gesture and for their historical use in representing the body. Her sculpture hovers between abstraction and figuration, often alluding to the absence of the body through the presence of the hand. Ruais' pieces take on modes-of-being as exhibited by human bodies: theatricality, dependence (the need to be taken-care-of), vulnerability to outside forces, and the act of infinitely unfolding. Her recent influences include feminist theorists Luce Irigaray and Elizabeth Grosz, and a beloved group of women who construct their own rafts and take to the river every summer.

To see Sweaty St.Theresa uncovered, please visit during the scheduled maintenance hours:
Sun, May 8, 3-5pm
Sun, May 15, 3-5pm
Sat, May 21, 12-2pm
Sun, May 22, 12-2pm

Sweaty St. Theresa, Wet water-based clay, plastic sheeting,
spray bottles, work cart. 5' x 4' x 3'

Undoing Persephone, Plaster, fabric, wood, steel. 8' x 4' x 3'

The Big Push, Stoneware. 7' x 3' x 2'

The Diver, Stoneware, glaze. 6' x 4' x 1'

Curator: Larissa Harris

May 1 - May 22, 2011