Ruth Barker is a Glasgow based artist who works with text and performance. Her practice brings moments of the contemporary quotidian together with the accumulated echoes of humanity’s oldest stories.
Recomposing ancient myths through the language of her own unconscious associations and personal autobiography, Barker’s performance poems are hypnotic, ritualised, events. Her words are recited with a concentrated focus that becomes by turns magical, claustrophobic, and cathartic. Voicing her private internal images as collectively shared archetypes becomes an experience towards the ritual understanding of self, gender, and mortality. Recent projects include performance commissions for Glasgow Women’s Library, Camden Arts Centre (London), Sils Projects (Rotterdam), Glasgow International festival of Visual Art; Cartel Gallery, (London); ReMap festival (Athens); the Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies (Newcastle); and Machon Hamayim (Tel Aviv).