Provided by Ruiz-Healy Art

Ethel Shipton’s practice is informed by a strong conceptual base that encompasses text in a playful manner. Through painting, installation, photography, and text, Shipton spotlights instants of clarity that flit by in the comings and goings of daily life. Her recent works are visual displays of mindfully processing her recent artist residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany through Blue Star Contemporary. The piece featured on the cover this week is called ‘Change Cambio’ ( 2020, Vinyl on panel).

Her latest work can be viewed this week at the show called More Than Words: Text-Based Artworks II which opens this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, with an artist reception from 6 – 8 pm. The exhibition will be on view through May 9, 2020.

Ruiz-Healy Art is delighted to present More Than Words: Text-Based Artworks II at our San Antonio and New York City galleries featuring works by Richard Armendariz, Nate Cassie, Andrés Ferrandis, Katie Pell and Ethel Shipton in both exhibitions. In addition, works by Cisco Jímenez and Gary Sweeney will be exhibited in San Antonio, while works by Cecilia Biagini will be exhibited in New York City. The exhibits open with an artist reception in San Antonio on Wednesday, March 25th and in New York on Thursday, April 16th, both from 6 – 8 PM in their respective time zones. The San Antonio exhibition will be on view through May 9, 2020, and the New York exhibition will be on view through May 23, 2020.

From autobiographical narratives of an adventurous childhood exploring the forests of Delaware in Katie Pell’s work to storylike carvings chronicling lush scenes of animals personified as literary figures in Ricky Armendariz’s work, the use of text in the works of these eight artists range from subversive social commentary to rapturous meditation. Text, a recurring hallmark throughout art history, demands we read the visual composition of a painting or sculpture and interpret bits of language simultaneously. Text pulls the viewer in, slowing them down to consider how the text and its imagery inform the other. Furthermore, the intentional use of text in artwork can serve to disrupt our passive consumption of media, both digital and analog. In these exhibitions, each artist creates work in undeniably unique styles and processes, all anchored together by the written word, granting the viewer an additional clue with which to interpret the works.

Ruiz-Healy Art is located at  201-A East Olmos Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78212. To request high-resolution images and more information about the exhibitions, please contact the gallery at or 210-804-2219. San Antonio gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and by appointment. New York gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and by appointment.