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Lauren Ruiz is a research-based multimedia artist interrogating perceptions of nature, the role of institutional authority, and their complex intersections with class, labor, and identity. Drawing from historical data and science journals, climate fiction novels and biblical texts, Ruiz creates speculative fiction-based installations, digital works, and multimedia sculptures that question the relationship between the body and the postnatural environment. Her work circumnavigates ideas of death, containment, rebirth, and adaptation, while interrogating notions of deep time and the destructive effects of human behavior in environments outside of human perception.

Lauren Ruiz has presented her research projects at the Latvian National Museum of Art, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, the 2021 College Art Association Conference, and the 2022 Association for Art History Conference. Ruiz has been the recipient of the Puffin Foundation Grant for Environmental Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts Decentralization Grant, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Relief Grant. Ruiz has completed residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, Art Ayatana, and the Guerrilla Science ArtSci Residency. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, Canada, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Cuba. Ruiz was the inaugural Artist-In-Residence at the Museum of the Southwest where she completed research and visual experiments culminating in her first museum solo exhibition, “Sheol,” which was on view in 2023 at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX. Lauren Ruiz is currently a PhD student in Visual Practice at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is represented by Marquee Projects in Bellport, NY.

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