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Ruth Waters

All Of A Sudden I Began To Melt



During her Background Evening, Ruth Waters presented the first screening of a new short film called All of a Sudden I Began to Melt that the artist made in collaboration with Foreign Body Productions, followed by a Q+A.

All Of A Sudden I Began To Melt is a short film satirising and exploring contemporary wellness, customer service and modern anxiety through the lens of a massage gone horribly wrong.

In her solo exhibition Swallow Up, Waters looks at the impact that the complexities of contemporary capitalist society have on the body and mind. She observes how the everyday must increasingly conform to perfection, and how an advance of commercial mindfulness and self-help courses places the responsibility on the individual to achieve perfection and to mentally ‘heal’. How do we relate to these swirling existential anxieties?



Ruth Waters: Waters works with film, sound, animation, text and installation. Her practice explores the ways late capitalist networked society impacts both our levels of anxiety and our ability to imagine an alternative. She has recently completed a Residency at ARCUS Projects in Japan and Kingsgate Projects in London, where she will have a solo exhibition in Autumn 2021. Previous shows include the 2020 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition; Push Your Luck, Island, Brussels, Belgium (2019); The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow (2018); White Shadows at Wumin Art Center, Cheongju, South Korea (2018); Seep at Peer Gallery, London (2017) and Cacotopia at Annka Kultys Gallery, London (2017). She was the recipient of the Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award 2016.


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