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Ruth Burke: Susurrus at Mantle Art Space


Mantle Art Space presents Susurrus,” a solo exhibition of work by Ruth K. Burke (MFA 17).

I could speak to horses first. Then came the rabbits, the dogs, cows, chickens, and goats; the coyotes, warblers, spiders, goldenrod, and the now-absent ash trees.

A language is quietly embedded in the ways animals touch one another. Like humans, other animals create and maintain inter and intraspecies bonds through touch — licking, rubbing, scratching — gestures that generate marks, leave traces, and form conversation of their own. The installation is a confluence of this sensory expression, a syntax in which the individual traces of reciprocity stand as morphemes: building blocks, the smallest meaningful units in this language. The tactile nature of these gestures is then translated to material: twine, salt, fur. Witnessing these traces, both unassuming and ephemeral in nature, requires patient listening and meditative looking. With beginnings in an ongoing photography series that documents the visual residue of intraspecies bonding, Susurrus ruminates on the humble intimacy within reciprocal interspecies relationships.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 15 from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Exhibition: Saturday, June 15, 2019 6:00 PM — Saturday, July 6, 2019 3:00 PM

Mantle Art Space
714 Fredericksburg Rd
San Antonio, TX 78201

Susurrus | Mantle Art Space