Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing & Printmaking)
For almost two decades Ruebi Smith has been gliding horizontally between the inner and outer east of Melbourne, dynamically shifting between personalities which are entirely geographically determined. Over-contextualised pieces of clothing and household items are used as a medium; garments and décor become idols of her character. Her use of juxtaposition becomes an ironic, performative allegory for her experience of womanhood. Rather than projecting her own set of skills and attributes, shapeshifting and mimicry are utilised. Imagine not the suburbs from which you came or to which you travel, but the train ride in between. It is about the contemplative journey on which you decide who you will please that day.