Ruby Henrickson


Ruby Henrickson is an artist from Michigan living and working in Seattle, WA. She earned her BFA in painting in 2021 at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and is a 2023 MFA candidate in Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington. She received the 2020 Gordon Art Fellowship at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for Environmental Studies for research on art and the environment. Recent work comes from interests in posthumanism, environmentalism, phenomenology, and philosophies on love. She strives for her art/life practice to be fluid, forgiving, and regenerative.
Artist Statement
Empathy and compassion are generative forces in my practice: in concept, form, process, and the act of creation amidst loss. Lots of the visual vocabulary in my work comes from an interpretation of the body’s senses. The senses are an equalizer: a flower is nourished by the sun, just as a turtle feels the same heat upon its shell, and even the rock this turtle lays on. My senses are united and empathize with the flower, turtle, rock, and sun. I make art for the same reason I visit bodies of water for clarity. The same reason I collect stones, sticks, and feathers. The reason a beaver builds their dam, or a spider their web. The reason, also, does not have to be called by any one name, but I often return to “love.”

Zhi Lin
Helen O’Toole
Sangram Majumdar
Ann Gale

Welcome Note

For this particular graduate class, the years at the UW have been marked by oh so many unforeseen challenges. So much of the all-encompassing and precious experience that graduate school affords was disrupted by forces brought upon all of us during these particular times. I am especially grateful and proud to have watched this cohort rise to meet these extraordinary challenges with creativity, grace and pro-active determination. The successful completion of their degrees has been fulfilled with passion and the thoughtful consideration of the issues, ideas, and experiences that permeate the world we live in.

A sense of completion, achievement, and reflection is palpable in the works brought together in this Graduate Showcase. More so than ever, this journey has not been a solitary endeavor, but rather is made possible by an essential and supportive community that includes fellow students, family, friends, distinguished visitors, staff, and faculty. I especially want to acknowledge the support and mentorship offered by our faculty and staff who are so committed to creating an educational environment where our graduate students are able to thrive.

I want to recognize and thank Shin Yu Pai, Rock Hushka, Stefan Gonzales, Sadaf Sadri, and Heidi Biggs, for their efforts and insights gleaned during their interviews with the Art and Design grads.

Thanks so much for the collective and enthusiastic support of the entire Henry Art Gallery team, with special thanks to Sylvia Wolf, director, along with exhibition designers and preparators Rachel Ann Kessler and Eric Zimmerman. The opportunity for our graduate students to exhibit their thesis work in such a special space is a fitting capstone to their graduate careers.

I hope you enjoy exploring this online showcase where you will discover how each graduate student transformed their ideas, passions, and skills into a body of research that reflects and addresses the opportunities, challenges, wonder, confusion, and joy of the world we all inhabit.

On behalf of the School of Art + Art History + Design, congratulations to the Graduate Class of 2023!

Jamie Walker
Director, School of Art + Art History + Design
Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Chair in Art