Anna Ruth grew up in Vancouver and is now living and working in Jyväskylä, Finland. She studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, Canada) in the early 1990s and graduated from l´École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Cornouaille in France in 1998. Ruth has exhibited her artwork in Europe, primarily, but also in South Africa, Ile Maurice and Canada. Along side her creation, she is also involved in inciting community interest in contemporary art. Since 2003 she has organized and curated thematic exhibitions in unconventional exhibition spaces such as barns and home apartments and in 2009, she co-founded the nomadic art gallery: Äkkigalleria, a nomadic gallery space, with photographer and graphic designer Juho Jäppinen. Her newest project is Laatikkomo-Six degrees of photogarphy an outdoor street gallery for photography in Jyväskylä.
Anna Ruth is compelled by our psychological evolution and civilization. Her drawings are often figurative, conceptual, minimalist and poetic. Line, traces and two-dimensional texture are important elements in her drawings. She uses colour carefully and an important part of the paper surface is usually left untouched. Reoccurring themes deal with territory, maps, identity and other fabricated abstractions that are used to define concepts we attempt to control. Recent work focuses on the material, use, and meaning of plants and vegetation in Finnish culture.