Ruth Marbun

b. 1985, Medan, Indonesia
Lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia

Ruth Marbun studied and worked in the fashion industry in Singapore before starting her art practices in 2012. The search for a community back home eventually led her to the contemporary art scene in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ruth’s work captures emotion and prompts people to reflect upon ideas of discomfort.

Through her practice, she pictures imperfections as strength, one that represents a role in perseverance as well as the adaptation of human beings. As someone who lives most of her life in big cities, people and communities have become central to her memory. She tends to visualize and deconstruct figures through her use of paint, layers of fabric, unapologetic sewing, and sometimes, printmaking. She has exhibited her work through exhibitions in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Melbourne and Sydney as part of ‘Termasuk’ group exhibition at Darren Knight Gallery in 2019.

Biography information from 16albermarie, August 2023

Country: Indonesia
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