Isabel Rucker is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living in Wyoming.
Recent largescale watercolor paintings are vibrant, abstract visions of the light spectrum and its luminous passage through moving and frozen water, faceted gems, and organic forms. Solid objects and recognizable forms are absent and the focus is the refraction and reflection of light as found throughout the natural world. These paintings are primarily gouache and watercolor on Arches paper.
She has a background in jewelry design and metalsmithing; her current jewelry is includes her newly acquired stone cutting skill of lapidary. Isabel is engaging in the nationwide conversation of sourcing materials locally and has begun to primarily use regional gems in her jewelry (Wyoming nephrite jade, Nevada turquoise, agatized petrified wood, for example).
Isabel is working toward becoming a Graduate Gemologist through Gemological Institute of America. Through her gem studies she has been entranced by microscopic photographs of inclusions found within gemstones and their bending of light and sparkle within the crystalline structures. During the Wyoming winters she becomes surrounded by the transient gems of winter, snowflakes and ice; here she records her sightings through painting and sculpture. One craft and study lends itself to the next.
To engage humorously and thoughtfully with the present-day American political landscape she began a side project, Snowflake in Chief, in which she combines installation, performance and video to create Cheeto portraits of the 45th president of the United States.
Past work includes a public sculpture on the main street of the town of Pinedale, Wyoming, Quartz, Mica, Feldspar, a 450′ x 12″ graphic novel memoir Unfurling, and daily metalwork projects in the jewelry studio as well as owning an art gallery, Isabel Jewelry & Gallery, in Pinedale, Wy. from 2010-2016 where she exhibited over 30 contemporary artists.
In 2017, she was awarded a month-long artist residency at the Jentel Foundation to further her painting work.
In 2018, upcoming exhibits include solo shows of her paintings at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming and jewelry design at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, Wyoming.
Isabel comes from a family of artists, teachers and philosophers. She has lived in Wyoming since 2003 and previously in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oregon, France, Virginia, Germany and New York. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts, Fine Arts, from University of Oregon. She continues to own and operate Isabel Jewelry.
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