Ruth Marks

Welcome to the website for my artwork. I started making these small scale paper clay figures when my kids were small because paper clay is a forgiving medium for an artist/parent who has many short bursts of time in the studio. Now that my kids are grown, paper clay is still the most intuitive way for me to process things I am thinking about. 


My most recent series of astronaut figures are inspired by the other worldly experience of being treated for cancer during the pandemic. I often felt like a solitary traveler surrounded by futuristic technology in a strange land, so thinking of myself as an astronaut gave me context for my surroundings. 

The series before the Astronauts was called Wild Royalty. They are heavily influenced by Maurice Sendak, Nick Cave Sound Suits, Bjork, Missy Elliot and Kiki Smith. I want to celebrate  and embellish a certain kind of dark, murky, playful and fierce feminine energy.

You can tell from my CV below that I went to Art School, and hustled to have Art Shows at Art Galleries and Juried Fairs. While I don't hustle my artwork in the same way, being in the studio and making these figures begins me great joy. Sometimes I sell them here on this site.

I live in a house in Albany, California with my family and a funny little dog. 




2010 Harlequin and the Hare, Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta, GA 
2009 Featured August Artist, Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2009 The Original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
2009 Featured January Artist, River Gallery, Chelsea, MI
2008 Annual Day of the Dead Show, Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2008 Swipple Collective, Max Fish, NYC
2008 Toledo Museum of Art Collectors Corner, Toledo, OH
2008 The Original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
2008 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD
2008 The River Gallery, Chelsea, MI
2008 Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2008 The IO Gallery, Cornwall Bridge, CT
2007 The Original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
2007 Beckham Gallery, heART RATE 4, Flint, MI
2007 Riverside Arts Center, Insider Stories/Peripheral Visions, Ypsilanti, MI
2007 Ford Gallery, Graduate Student Show, Ypsilanti,MI
2007 Intermedia Gallery, Installation Installed, Ypsilanti, MI
2007 Manifest Gallery, Whimsical Muse, Cincinnati, OH
2007 RC Art Gallery, Swipple Artist Collaborative, Ann Arbor, MI 
2006 ArtWorks, Figuratively Speaking, Cincinnati, OH
2006 Detroit Artist Market, Holiday Artist Market , Detroit, MI
2006 Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2006 Gallery Project, The Laboratory, Ann Arbor, MI
2006 b.j. spoke gallery, The Art of Craft Juried Competition, Huntington, NY
2006 Gallery4, Ann Arbor, MI
2006 Alfred Berkowitz Gallery,10th Annual All Michigan Competition, Dearborn, MI
2006 Womencenter, From Our Perspective, Farmington Hills, MI
2006 Bedford Gallery, By the Hand, Walnut Creek, CA
2006 Padzieski Gallery, Art Teachers’ Art, Dearborn, MI
2006 Riverside Art Center, The August Group, Ypsilanti, MI
2006 Michigan Institute for the Arts, Michiganow II, Pontiac, MI
2006 Detroit Artist Market, All Member Show, Detroit, MI


2008 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant
2007/8 Greenhills School Artist in Residence Grant
2006 Diablo Regional Arts Association By the Hand Juror’s Cash Prize Award
2006 Eastern Michigan University Graduate Program Purchase Award


500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Explorations of the Human Form, Lark Publishers

Public Collections

Eastern Michigan University Graduate Collection
Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters, Grand Rapids


1999 BFA Eastern Michigan University