Isabel Rucker is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living in Wyoming.
Recent largescale paintings are abstract visions of the natural and remembered worlds. She lives in the Rocky Mountains where she seeks sunlight’s refracting and illuminating effects on plants, water and ice. While traveling, the repetition of a pattern, certain foliage or the behavior of light can totally shape her memory of a place. She chooses to work abstractly so that the paintings can merge with these places and phenomena rather than reflect them. She is beginning to translate these abstract ideas to three dimensional sculptural work to create a cohesive multi-diciplinary body of work.
Isabel has a background in jewelry design and metalsmithing. She is engaging in the nationwide conversation of sourcing materials locally and has acquired lapidary skills so she can cut regional gems for the jewelry (Wyoming nephrite jade, Nevada turquoise, agatized petrified wood, for example).
She 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. During the Wyoming winters she becomes surrounded by the transient gemstones of winter, snowflakes and ice; here she compares her gemological knowledge with her natural surroundings and 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, Wy, Quartz, Mica, Feldspar, a massive 450′ x 12″ graphic novel ink-on-paper memoir Unfurling, and 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, she had solo shows of her paintings at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wy. and jewelry design at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, Wy.
Looking forward, 2019 will bring a temporary public sculpture funded by the Jackson Hole Public Arts and will be part of the ArtSpot project. It will be installed during the summer and on exhibit for three months.
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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