Untitled (S for Steven), 2005/12 Hand-woven linen, card envelope
Hand-woven linen, card envelope. 6.3 × 4.8 inches. Signed, dated, and numbered on card verso.
In the year that I met Steven I made a group of sketches that were the beginning of a new body of work called the Twill Series. One of the sketches was of a meandering line of twill that I meant to exist only as a shape, undefined. Yet it clearly appeared in the form of an S. Because of this, I chose not to weave the design, but every time I looked back at it in the years to come, I thought of Steven. Now, here it is, the weaving of S for Steven.
Ruth Laskey was born in 1975 in San Luis Obispo, California and lives and works in San Francisco. She received a BA in Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1997, a BFA in Painting/Drawing from California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland in 1999, and an MFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2005. In 2010 Laskey won a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Art Award. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Ratio 3 Gallery, San Francisco (2010); Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender, Berlin (2009); and Song Song, Vienna (2008). Her work has also been shown in group exhibitions including A Terrible Beauty is Born, 11th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2011); Figures in Space, Düsseldorf (2011); and here’s why patterns, Tokyo (2008).