My photographs explore water as it exists in nature, holding, moving, and carving spaces and blurring spatial perception. Water is something that holds and supports like a solid but moves at the same time. In stillness, water’s surface can reveal so much of below and above.
I photograph this exploration in swamps, creeks, beaches, and swimming pools. In deconstructing expected landscape configurations, I find abstraction blooms between light, reflection, and receding surfaces. In water spaces, my formal interests combine with mystery, nuance, and spirituality. The viewer is engaged through questioning what they are looking at, and how to decode the scene. Each picture invites narrative interpretation and unfolds slowly.
about the artist
Ruth Wetzel was born in Atlanta, GA and grew up in Katonah, NY. She has a M.F.A. from Maryland Institute, College of Art, and a B.S. in Design from Buffalo State College.
She has spent over 25 years interpreting the landscape through drawing, painting and most recently photography and has received fellowships from Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop and New York State Council on the Arts.
Wetzel has exhibited in many galleries and public institutions, most recently at Cross Contemporary Gallery, Saugerties, NY and Davis-Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, Ashawagh Hall and Folioeast, East Hampton, NY and the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, New York, NY. Her work has been collected nationally and internationally. Ruth divides her time between the Hudson Valley, Manhattan, and East Hampton.