Levene’s work attempts to reveal systems that are often hidden but that shape our everyday lives. She questions our relationship to those systems and how they, in turn, impact and disconnect us from nature and the natural resources we rely upon. She has been exhibiting her artwork since she completed her MSc from Duncan of Jordonstone in 2001 and recently completed a research residency in The Faculty of Engineering, University of Sheffield. Levene is currently working with The Pennine Water Group on a new work around the hydrological/social cycle and collaborating with artist Anne-Marie Culhane, Farmer Peter Lundgren and a collective of 42 on A Field of Wheat.
Levene has shown work at ICA (London); Arnolfini (Bristol); KIASMA (Helsinki); Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (Sunderland) as part of AV Festival; Dundee Contemporary Arts and Computer Arts Festival, Maribor (Slovenia). She has had a residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and ACE Fellowships at Colima, (Mexico) and Artsadmin 2020, Krapanj (Croatia). Ruth has also been long-listed for Northern Art Prize, Dazed Converse Art Prize and the Jerwood Choreography Award. She has been commissioned by the National Trust, Cragside (Northumbria), in Trust New Art and Cornerhouse (Manchester). Ruth Levene previously went by the name of Bob.
Ruth Levene, As Far As The Eye Can See. Photo by Colin Davison courtesy of AV Festival and NGCA, Sunderland.
Ruth Levene & Anne-Marie Culhane, A Field of Wheat. Photo by Gemma Thorpe.