Ruby Blossom Streek a.k.a. burlybosoms (b.1998) is an artist/waitress concerned, primarily, with herself. With influences being drawn from hyper-feminine maximalism, through the documentation of grief and loneliness, to the ‘mortifying ordeal of being known’ online today, new insights are shown through my articulation of the world as I encounter it. The work is arguably diaristic, but I prefer to see it as documentative of shared human emotion through personal experience - I see my practise as a way for me to draw connections between myself and the world. In an era where we often feel ephemeral and disconnected, tangible connection through art and our worldly surroundings is grounding and reassuring. Like tying down a helium balloon. In an age of #relatablememes, my work aims to bring out shared vulnerabilities in the isolated audience through oversharing; playing with the idea that overwhelming loneliness and longing can be collective. These themes and feelings have all been amplified by the lockdown imposed by Covid-19. By being multidisciplinary, using the tactility of film, text and textiles, I am able to create a – generally – immersive experience that is – hopefully – both confrontational and endearing. I am still figuring it all out.
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