Ginny Ruffner

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Seattle artist Ginny Ruffner trained at the University of Georgia as a painter, graduating with honors and an MFA in painting. Ruffner has had 88 solo shows, several hundred group shows, and her work is in 55 permanent museum and public collections around the world. Seattle public art installations include a 30-foot tall kinetic water feature downtown and a permanent installation in the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Some of her augmented reality projects include Weston Riff at Photo Center Northwest, Branches at Seattle International Film Festival and Poetic Hybrids at Seattle Art Museum. She has written two books and been the subject of an award winning, full-length documentary titled A Not So Still Life, the Ginny Ruffner Story. Ruffner has lectured and taught extensively and served as an artist-in-residence numerous times at schools and universities around the world.

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Reforestation of the Imagination, 2018

Glass sculpture, fiberglass, & augmented reality

From January through March, MadArt welcomed a new sculptural installation by Seattle-based artist Ginny Ruffner, in collaboration with media artist Grant Kirkpatrick. Reforestation of the Imagination combined traditional glass and bronze sculpture with augmented reality. The artists used technology to overlay digital information onto sculptural objects, portraying two disparate worlds. The installation engaged viewers’ curiosity as they navigated the space using handheld devices, exposing a forest regenerating from devastation. This imaginary and potential beauty revealed through augmented reality was the forest reimagining itself, a process which is not singular to a forest ecosystem, but also inherent to human creativity.

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