Sample (violet), 138 x 60 cm, 2016, arylic, mirror, mylar, acrylic box
Various materials and fabrics are often presented on top of or next to each other and arranged as collages and installations in Ruth Campau's (b 1955) work. Her fascination for materials with special effect is obvious. Ruth Campau tries to combine contrasts in her work. Soft matters are combined with hard ones and transparent ones with solids.
She applies her special attention to surfaces. Surfaces that appear shiny like a mirror or transparent alternate in her work. Moreover, colour is a central theme. At times she concentrates on the effect of an individual colour, at other times she pays her attention to the interplay of different colours and their reflection in space.
Campau paints her collages with strong regulary brush strokes or colour-sprays them. This application of colour requires the artist's full physical strength and concentration. With large brushes she precisely paints line after line in a powerful and mechanical way, but the body will always reveal itself. The procedure becomes a ritual and a physical act - almost performance like. To some of her works she also adds her typical "blobs", large round drops of paint.