And what a world. It's fully realized, with all manner of flora and fauna, some actual and much that is fantastic. After the initial shock of discovery, it is the details that catch the eye and hold the key to unlocking the symbols in Ruttenberg's work. The bird perched in the tree's upper branches. The golden leaves that adorn the pedastal the couple stands on. The incredibly blank, deer-like look on the stag's face as he stares out at the viewer. The female deer painted on the stag's back, who seems to be in his past but not so far in his past. And the blood red heart that peaks out through a hole in the stag's back. All part of the enduring enigma.
Ruttenberg has also just launched a line of limited-edition jewelry, based on her sculptural designs, which can be viewed at her website.
Currently, Ruttenberg's work is on display at the the 2010 International Ceramics Biennial in Vallauris, France, through November 15. She also has many upcoming shows. Ruttenberg will be a part of the “On Earth” exhibition held at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, from October 15 through December 5. The Sherrie Gallerie will bring her Enchanted Forest installation of Kathy’s to SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) Chicago, November 5-7. In January of 2011, Ruttenberg will be an artist in residence at the Singinawa Foundation in Kanha, India.