"Splendor in the grass," 2006, 31 x 16 x 6 in.
Ruttenberg unfolds a tale in fired clay like an elaborate children's book, an enchanted tale of dogs, birds, rabbits and goats. The female figure plays a dominant role in the narrative. The figure may be kneeling in a bed of flowers her dress covered with garden vines and flowering branches, but the scene is one of pretend innocence. Ruttenberg's work has a tattered history woven into its core.
"I like to think of my work as human stories with a twist that adds an ironic edge in which titles, fantasy, myth and concepts can all play a part"