Ruth Calland lives and paints in London, completed her MA at Chelsea School of Art, and is a Jungian analyst. Selected for the New Contemporaries and twice for the Marmite Prize for Painting, she is also a prize-winner of the CGP London Annual Open, and has shown widely including at Transition Gallery, Studio 1.1, and Flowers East. She has been a Boise Scholar, and won a Fellowship in Painting at GLOSCAT, Cheltenham. She is a recipient of a grant from The Henry Moore Foundation, and her work is held in private and public collections.
Calland is interested in the psychological adaptions and mal-adaptions we devise and co-create in relationship with each other. She has come to see painting as a performative ritual process, which has elements of both exorcism and fetishism. In live performances she has produced work from dramatised one-to-one relational situations, using the premise of psychic connection. She is currently making work about dissociated post-traumatic states.