Ruth G. Sikes is a self-taught photographer and assemblage artist whose photographic images and assemblages have been seen in juried and invitational group shows locally, regionally and nationally. Her photos have been published in numerous trade magazines and annual reports.
One of her guiding influences is the zen-like philosophy of wabi-sabi – beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent and incomplete” and she often depicts objects or scenes that are overlooked, or old and dismissed as unimportant.
At the core of her creative “being” is her assemblage work. (Assemblage: A form of art involving the assembly and arrangement of unrelated objects and materials.)
Using a variety of found objects and textures, her visions, dreams and fears are realized in these self-contained worlds. Because she is not a trained artist, she works from emotion with one simple rule – if it feels right, it is right.
Ruth and her husband, Stuart, reside in Chicago and are the parents of five children and grandparents of ten. Her family members are her favorite and most patient photo subjects.