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Ruby Maly

My work is driven largely by a fascination with lichens, mosses, and seeds. The way moss and lichen encrust a surface and create their own tiny alien landscape has something of the sublime to it, though they are so small. Seeds in themselves, when viewed closely enough, have their own rich landscape-like textures.

My practice itself is usually driven first by a reaction to an aesthetic moment I see in the world. The way lichen’s lacy layers catch the light. The vibrant contrast between an orange spore and its parent green fern. The clusters of mossy lumps on cement. These moments are the starting point for a composition, and lead to exploration as I contemplate how best to achieve the feeling of those textures. Metal serves as an ideal medium through which to explore these forms. It can be worked into so many textures, forms, and colors, but also offers the stability and strength to support other materials, like the wool and wood that I use to add warmth and softness to a piece.

Jewelry | Metal | Sculpture
Community: SW Portland
Studio Number: 88
Instagram: rubymalyjewelry